Jeremy Saulnier

HBO is officially moving forward with True Detective season 3, which will star Mahershala Ali (Moonlight). Here’s what makes this announcement especially sweet: Ali will be directed by Jeremy Saulnier, the filmmaker behind Green Room and Blue Ruin. Saulnier and the show’s creator, Nic Pizzolatto, will direct the third season – which will unfold in three different time periods.

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Mahershala Ali in Talks to Star in True Detective Season 3

Update: HBO’s president of programming Casey Bloys has confirmed that Mahershala Ali will star in True Detective season 3. No directors have been hired yet, but he has read the scripts for the first five episodes: “They are terrific. I was very impressed and excited. We are talking to directors, and when we have a director we want to hire, it will be a go.”

Our original story follows below.

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The first season of True Detective was one of the most stunning pieces of prestige television in recent memory, featuring magnetic chemistry between leads Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, and solidifying McConaugney’s rise as a serious actor (we can probably also thank the show for popularizing the “McConaissance”). That’s why the show’s fall from grace was all the more tragic during a confusing second season that squandered a talented cast of Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch and Vince Vaughn.

It seemed unlikely that True Detective could bring back the goodwill it had achieved in its first season, but the recent news that Mahershala Ali — fresh off an Oscar win for his profound turn in Moonlight — is in talks to star in the third season, might just do the trick.

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