HBO has recently released the second full length trailer for True Detective Season 3, starring Oscar winner Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) as detective Wayne Hays, a family man burdened by the trauma of a gruesome and unsolved murder case that haunts him over the course of many years.

Returning to HBO after 2015’s season 2 that starred Vince Vaughn and Taylor Kitsch, the series is looking to rebound as a critical and creative darling.  Based on the trailer for season 3, which co-stars Stephen Dorff (Leatherface), its looks like creator and showrunner Nic Pizzolatto (Magnificent Seven) has gotten his dark-world groove back as Detective Wayne Hays and Detective Roland West (Dorff) navigate the seedy world of the Ozarks all while encountering layers of truth, mystery, family and the burden of time, aging and memory.


Although the trailer plays to the incredible intensity that Best-Supporting Oscar winner Mahershala Ali brings to every role – including his turns in Netflix’s Luke Cage and his most recent feature film Green Book, it’s his personal story of how he changed the creative course of True Detective that heightens the anticipation of this latest season.


True Detective returns January 13, 2019 on HBO. From Creator and Executive Producer Nic Pizzolatto and starring Academy Award Winner Mahershala Ali, Stephen Dorff, Carmen Ejogo; the third season sees detectives investigating a grisly crime involving two missing children in the heart of the Ozarks.


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As readily shared online and highlighted in Variety’s Actors on Actors series, Mahershala Ali convincingly persuaded show-runner Nic Pizzolatto to re-write and re-imagine the story through the lens of a African-American detective and lead. In showing Pizzolatto pictures of his grandfather in uniform as a States Policeman in the late 1960s, Ali shaped a cultural realignment that Pizzolatto progressively acknowledged as culturally relevant and also narratively fresh and not often seen in popular television or police narratives.  

As shared by Ali in Variety, “I was like, ‘See, we existed in this space. In the ’60s and the ’70s. State police officers,’” Ali recounts. “I was like, ‘I think your story would be served, I think the story would be improved in this case, if this lead character was black.’”

To his credit, Pizzolatto embraced Ali’s creative challenge and looks to have produced an incredibly chilling and intense narrative that is full of depth and mystery.

True Detective Season 3 premieres on HBO on January 13th, 2019 and also features Carmen Ejogo (Fantastics Beasts and the Crimes of Grindalward), Mamie Gummer (Castle Rock), Ray Fisher (The Justice League) and Scoot McNairy (Destroyer).  


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