Oscar winner Mahershala Ali (“Moonlight,” “Luke Cage,” “Hidden Figures”) has reportedly booked the lead role on the third season of HBO’s “True Detective” according to The Tracking Board.
The casting follows on from Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in the lead roles in the first season, and the likes of Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch and Vince Vaughn in the second.
The show has never had an African-American lead before and Ali is in high demand these days. Creator Nic Pizzolatto is teaming with “Deadwood” creator David Milch on the new season of the anthology crime drama which, from the looks of it, could be back on screens in 2018.
Ali recently wrapped Robert Rodriguez’s “Alita: Battle Angel,” has just signed on to lend his voice to Sony’s animated “Spider-Man” film, and is said to be circling J.C. Chandor’s “Triple Frontier”.