The search for a leading man is over. Academy Award-winning actor Mahershala Ali has inked a deal to star in the third installment of HBO's anthology series True Detective.
Ali has been on absolute fire the past few years, rising to prominence with his role as savvy politician Remy Danton in House of Cards. His memorable performance as Cottonmouth in Luke Cage further catapulted him into the limelight, and he won a well-deserved Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Moonlight. He's now one of the hottest names in Hollywood — and HBO would settle for nothing less, considering the series has previous attracted A-list talent such as Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.
Ali took to Instagram to announce the news with a simple post:
In 2014 True Detective took #HBO by storm, becoming a cultural phenomenon with its first season. However, Season 2 — which started Colin Farell, Rachel McAdams, Vince Vaughn and Taylor Kitsch — didn't fare so well, causing the show to disappear for two years. Thankfully, HBO didn't give up. They're now pushing forward with a third installment, and #Deadwood creator David Milch will join True Detective creator/writer Nic Pizzolatto to kick Season 3 off right.
HBO president of programming Casey Boyd told Entertainment Weekly that True Detective Season 3 will definitely remind viewers of the show's glory days:
“I have read five scripts for a third season... 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.”
By casting #MahershalaAli, it's already off to a great start.
Are you excited for Season 3 of True Detective?