The third season of “True Detective” has been set for a January 13, 2019 start, with Mahershala Ali, Carmen Ejogo and Stephen Dorff in the leading roles and both Jeremy Saulnier of “Green Room” and Daniel Sackheim of “The Americans” and “House” as director.
Just as with the revelatory first season of “True Detective,” its third outing will take place in January.
The ten-episode Season 3 of the HBO series will take viewers to the mountainous Ozark plateau in the US and, like its predecessors, will straddle several time periods, as state police detective Wayne Hays (Ali) investigates the 1980s disappearance of several missing children.
Also involved in the case are a State Investigator (Dorff) and schoolteacher (Ejogo.)
Jeremy Saulnier, festival favorite director of “Blue Ruin” and then “Green Room,” helmed the first two episodes before leaving the series due to scheduling conflicts, with Daniel Sackheim stepping in for the rest of the season.
“True Detective” creator Nic Pizzolatto has remained in place as writer over the course of all three seasons.
Season one, aired in 2014, starred a resurgent Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as two Louisiana State Investigators with a connection to a decade-old murder case; 2015’s season two saw Taylor Kitsch, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams and Vince Vaughn take on the story of a Californian real estate murder.
Mahershala Ali comes to the series having won an Academy Award for his performance in 2016’s Best Picture winner “Moonlight.”
He can soon be seen in November 21st historical dramatic comedy “Green Book” and heard in December’s animated film “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” before inhabiting a double-role in February live-action and CGI anime adaptation “Alita: Battle Angel.”
Saulnier has been linked with a CIA drama project called “The Defection,” and filmed September’s Alaskan Netflix thriller “Hold the Dark.” Sackheim was involved with this year’s seasons of “Jack Ryan” (Amazon,) “Better Call Saul” (HBO) and “The First” (Hulu).
Carmen Ejogo reprises her “Fantastic Beasts” role for November’s “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” while Stephen Dorff most recently appeared in October’s well-received mystery “Don’t Go.”