Mahershala Ali joins Season 3 of ‘True Detective’

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HBO announced on Thursday that “True Detective” would be returning for a third season with a very special addition.

Mahershala Ali,  Oscar-winning “Moonlight” actor, who will join this season as Wayne Hays, a state police detective from Northwest Arkansas.

“The next installment tells 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,” the network said in a statement.

Nic Pizzolatto is also set to return as director of the series.

“I’m tremendously thrilled to be working with artists at the level of Mahershala and Jeremy,” he said. “I hope the material can do justice to their talents, and we’re all very excited to tell this story.”

“Nic has written truly remarkable scripts,” said HBO president Casey Bloys. “With his ambitious vision and Mahershala Ali and Jeremy Saulnier aboard, we are excited to embark on the next installment of ‘True Detective.’”

Ali has had many hit roles on television and in plays, becoming a household name after playing the role of Remy Danton in Netflix’s “House of Cards.”  The actor has spoken in depth about taking a leap of faith by leaving the show to pursue other opportunities, and how the risk paid off.