This Is Why You Recognize The Cast True Detective Season 3

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The recent uptick in anthology TV series has been a delight. Seasons of shows like True Detective and American Horror Story are united by mood (stoic and grim, camp and macabre, respectively), rather than by plot.
But anthology TV also means that each season of a show introduces a new cast and a new set of characters. Fear not: Season 3 of True Detective, which lands on HBO Sunday, January 13, features an incredible cast — though quite a grim premise. This season of True Detective focuses on the tragic kidnapping of two children in Arkansas in 1980, and how the case unfolds over decades.
Here's the cast of True Detective season 3, so you don't spend the entire pilot episode distracted by the nagging sensation that arises when you just can't place someone.
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Mahershala Ali

Who He Plays: Detective Wayne Hays, a policeman in Northwestern Arkansas assigned to investigate the disappearance of the two missing Purcell children. True Detective depicts Wayne at three different points of his life.

Where You Know Him From: Ali rose to prominence in the movie Moonlight, for which he won a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award. This year, Ali is on the awards circuit again for his role as Dr. Don Shirley in Green Book. Ali also recently appeared in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Hidden Figures, and – who remembered this? — The Hunger Games.
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Stephen Dorff

Who He Plays: Roland West, Wayne Hays' partner.

Where You Know Him From: Dorff has been acting since the late '80s, and you've most certainly seen him in a movie — like when he was the cigarette-smoking vampire overlord in Blade.
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Carmen Ejogo

Who She Plays: Amelia Reardon, a schoolteacher who meets Detective Wayne Hays during the investigation and later marries him.

Where You Know Her From: In 2017, British actress Carmen Ejogo was the lead of the second season of the another anthology series, The Girlfriend Experience. But Ejogo is mostly known for her film career. She's played Coretta Scott King in two movies — Selma and Boycott. She was a fearless leader in Alien: Covenant, and a president in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them series.
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Scoot McNairy

Who He Plays: Tom Purcell, a father who suffers the unthinkable when his two children disappear.

Where You Know Him From: Narcos fanatics know him as the mysterious narrator of the entirety of Narcos: Mexico. McNairy is better known, however, for playing Gordon Clark on the show Halt and Catch Fire and the well-intentioned but slightly bumbling mayor in Godless.
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Mamie Gummer

Who She Plays: Lucy Purcell, Tom's estranged wife and the mother of the two missing children.

Where You Know Her From: Mamie Gummer has an extensive theater history, but she's appeared in movies like Cake and shows like The Good Wife. Gummer is Meryl Streep's daughter. They've acted alongside one another in Evening and Ricki and the Flash.
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Ray Fisher

Who He Plays: Henry Hays, Amelia and Wayne's son.

Where You Know Him From: Ray Fisher is a staple in the DC Extended Universe. He played Victor Stone/Cyborg in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and then Justice League.
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Michael Greyeyes

Who He Plays: Brett Woodard, a man whose outcast status turns him into a potential suspect.

Where You Know Him From: Most recently, Michael Greyeyes played Sitting Bull in the movie Woman Walks Ahead. He's also in Walking Dead spinoff Fear the Walking Dead.
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Brandon Flynn

Who He Plays: Ryan Peters, one of the teenagers in the Arkansas town

Where You Know Him From: He's Justin Foley of 13 Reasons Why, of course.
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Josh Hopkins

Who He Plays: Jim Dobkins, a private attorney looking into way the Purcell investigation was handled in 1980.

Where You Know Him From: Hopkins has been a regular on many TV shows, like Quantico (with Priyanka Chopra) and Cougar Town.
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Sarah Gadon

Who She Plays: Elsa Montgomery

Where You Know Her From: If you saw the Netflix series Alias Grace, you won't ever forget Sarah Gadon — her performance was haunting. She's also been in the mini-series 11.22.63 and played Queen Elizabeth in A Royal Night Out.

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