Confirmed! Mahershala Ali Is Headed To HBO's 'True Detective'

by Wade Massey July 30, 2017, 0:10
Confirmed! Mahershala Ali Is Headed To HBO's 'True Detective'

According to the premium cable channel's president of programming, Casey Bloys, Ali's audition - which spanned five scripts - was "terrific".

The 43-year-old won Best Supporting Actor at this year's Oscars for Moonlight and rumours began to fly in early July that he was in negotiations to front the third season of HBO's True Detective. All signs point to the fact that the season itself will happen, but apparently HBO is still in search of directors before it gets an official green light. "Not even eating", and a Chinatown-derivative plot that never reached the suspense or profundity of the first season, hardly anyone was asking creator-writer Nic Pizzolatto for a third installment.

Fans will be hoping any new series can compete with the first - which centred on a ritualistic killing, investigated by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. However the second run, starring Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams and Vince Vaughn, failed to garner as much acclaim, leaving the future of the show in question with HBO. Cary Joji Fukunaga directed all eight episodes of the first season, while the second season was split up among directors. The second season, however, wasn't received as well. It was also helmed by a bevy of directors, including Fast & Furious filmmaker Justin Lin.

It's unclear what direction the third season will take at this stage, though having Oscar-winner Ali on board is a definite boon for the comeback.

When asked about the lessons learned from the fast-paced season 2, Bloys said they should have given more time to writing scripts.

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