‘True Detective’ Season 3 Ropes In Big Star

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After the success of True Detective, there’s been a ton of speculation as to whether or not the franchise will continue with a third installment. Now, HBO is giving fans hope that the detective drama will indeed return — and it even has a big name already attached to star in the revival.

HBO revealed during the Television Critics Association press tour on Wednesday (July 26) that Oscar-winning actor Mahershala Ali has been tapped for the third installment of the detective series. The confirmation from the network comes after the actor himself teased the news on social media last month by posting a picture of the show’s poster.

“I have read five scripts for a third season,” HBO president of programming Casey Bloys told reporters at the TCAs presentation via Entertainment Weekly. “I’m very, very impressed and excited about what I’ve read. I don’t want to give away the storyline, but I really think they’re terrific.”

Ali will be stepping into the lead role come season 3, following in the footsteps of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, who starred in season 1, and the bigger cast of Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Taylor Kitsch and Rachel McAdams in season 2.

While the addition of the Moonlight actor to the third season of the anthology series is great news, the project doesn’t have the official greenlight just yet. Bloys did however reveal that the network is also on the hunt for directors, which seems to be the final step before getting the full-on go ahead.

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