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True Detective: Season 3 confirmed by HBO with Mahershala Ali

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Story by Jack Foley

A THIRD season of True Detective has officially been greenlit by HBO.

Oscar winner Mahershala Ali, of Moonlight fame, is to star in the new installment, which will be co-directed by Jeremy Saulnier (of Green Room fame) and writer Nic Pizzolatto, who will make his directorial debut on the series.

The latest tale in the crime anthology with follow the aftermath of a macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks, and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods.

According to Deadline, Ali will play the lead role of Wayne Hays, a state police detective from Northwest Arkansas.

As yet, there is no further casting news.

But commenting on the decision to pick up True Detective for a third season, HBO president Casey Bloys said: “Nic has written truly remarkable scripts. With his ambitious vision and Mahershala Ali and Jeremy Saulnier aboard, we are excited to embark on the next installment of True Detective.”

Pizzolatto added: “I’m tremendously thrilled to be working with artists at the level of Mahershala and Jeremy. I hope the material can do justice to their talents, and we’re all very excited to tell this story.”

The first season of True Detective starred Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson and still rates among the most critically-acclaimed shows of recent years. Its sophomore run, starring Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn, suffered a critical backlash, however, and led to a delay and uncertainty surrounding the viability of a third run.

As yet, there is no confirmed number of episodes for season three either.

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