Mahershala Ali has had a great movie career but didn’t hesitate to move to television for a chance to star in True Dettective season 3.
Ali won an Oscar for his role in the 2016 movie Monlight. He was in one of the best movies of 2018 in Green Book and the greatest animated movie of the year in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
Mahershala Ali on True Detective
However, when it comes to getting the chance to make the eight episodes of True Detective season 3 — a seven-month commitment — he said there was never any question that he would accept that role.
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Ali, who has been on television before in shows like Crossing Jordan and The 4400 said that he was excited to get offered the lead in True Detective.
Ali told USA Today that it was better than any film out there that he had a chance to try for. He said that he doesn’t care that it is on television (it is on HBO) because he only cares about the quality of the project.
According to Ali, The eight episodes of True Detective season 3 is “the best out there” when it comes to quality.
What we know about True Detective season 3
Ali portrays a police detective named Wayne Hays in Arkansas who is investigating the case of two missing children with his partner (Stephen Dorff).
The show then goes through three different time frames in his life — 1980, 1990 and 2015 — and the trailer make it look like the film has an older Hays fighting with the memories of the case.
True Detective season 3 will have eight episodes this time around. It follows a critically acclaimed first season that starred Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey and a second season that was a critical disappointment starring Vince Vaughn and Colin Farrell.
Nic Pizzolatto, the man who created the True Detective franchise, will make his directorial debut for season 3.
True Detective season 3 will premiere on HBO on Jan. 13, 2019.