True Detective Is Back & The Detectives Look Moodier Than Ever

Photo: Courtesy of HBO.
True Detective, HBO's twisted anthology series that served as a homing beacon for the McConaughaissance, will return in January 2019 with its third season. The first season garnered a lot of attention for its bleakness and its performances (Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson starred) but faltered in the second, which starred Rachel McAdams and Colin Farrell. HBO is trying for a third, and this time they've enlisted Mahershala Ali, fresh off his Oscar win for 2016's Moonlight. Per the trailer, which was just released Sunday, things are still very, very bleak. People will cry. Hair will be mussed. Ali will gaze into the distance in consternation. He will also, per the trailer, grow old and very sad. (Some fancy old-age makeup gifts Ali with at least 40 more years.)
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Season three will take place in the Ozarks, the mid-country wilderness that has been the setting for a number of stories, including the Netflix show Ozark and the 2010 sleeper hit Winter's Bone. Ali will play a detective — one that is truer than true! — who deals with the same crime in three different timelines. Season 3 will also star a number of stalwart TV presences, like Scoot McNairy (Godless, Halt and Catch Fire). Ahead, the first full trailer as well as a guide to the cast.
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Mahershala Ali

Ali plays Detective Wayne Hays, who is haunted by one particular crime, a case of two missing schoolchildren in Arkansas.

Where you've seen him before: Ali is a decorated actor, most recently for the role of Juan in Moonlight. He also played a main role in House of Cards and the Marvel Netflix series Luke Cage.
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Stephen Dorff

Dorff will play Roland West, an Arkansas-based investigator who works alongside Hays.

Where you've seen him before: As the villain in Blade and, most importantly, as the boyfriend in Britney Spears' music video for "Everytime."
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Carmen Ejogo

Ejogo stars as Amelia Reardon, a schoolteacher in Arkansas who is a person of interest in the case of the two missing children. Variety reported in November of last year that Ejogo would appear in the show.

Where you've seen her before: As Coretta Scott King in Selma and as Seraphina Picquery in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Also as Coretta Scott King in HBO's Boycott.
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Scoot McNairy

Per Deadline, McNairy will play Tom, a father who is inextricably linked to the crime (the two missing children) which serves as the nexus of the season.

Where you've seen him before: As the slowly-going-blind sheriff in Godless and as Amy's unfortunate ex Tommy O'Hara in Gone Girl.
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Mamie Gummer

In the trailer, Gummer is shown lunging at Tom (McNairy), seemingly infuriated. She's looking a bit like Jennifer Lawrence in Winter's Bone. (Lawrence played a hardcore Ozark resident, one familiar with skinning rabbits and wearing bulky coats.) Gummer, per The Hollywood Reporter, will play a young mother named Lucy Purcell.

Where you've seen her before: In the short-lived Shonda Rhimes show Off the Map, starring opposite her mother Meryl Streep in Ricki and the Flash.
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