HBO has officially announced season three of True Detective, with Academy Award-winning actor Mahershala Ali set to star in the lead role.
Due to arrive in 2018, the next installment in Nic Pizzolatto’s acclaimed crime anthology will tell the “story 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 The Hollywood Reporter. The premise will no doubt draw comparisons to Netflix’s hit series Ozark, which was recently renewed for a second season.
Pizzolatto will write and direct the forthcoming season alongside Jeremy Saulnier (of Green Room fame). Deadwood creator David Milch also aided in the forthcoming season’s creative process and will himself direct the fourth episode. Pizzolatto will serve as showrunner.
Ali’s character is named Wayne Hays, a state police detective from Northwest Arkansas.
Further casting details will be revealed in the coming months. Matthew McConaughey, whose season one role as detective Rust Cohle earned universal acclaim, has expressed interest in reprising the character, but it remains to be seen whether Pizzolatto will take him up on the offer.