Mahershala Ali confirmed as lead role in True Detective season three

Mahershala Ali has been confirmed to star in the third series of HBO’s True Detective, and has garnered much support in the process including praise from season one star, Matthew McConaughey.

The spot-on pairing of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in the first series of True Detective earned the actors Emmy nominations. In the critically acclaimed first season, they played mismatched cops investigating a prostitute’s murder.

Moonlight Oscar winner, Mahershala Ali, will play the lead role of Wayne Hays, a state police detective from Northwest Arkansas. Season three of True Detective, written and directed by series creator Nic Pizzolatto, tells the story of a macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks, and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods.

Matthew McConaughey said: “I think it’s awesome. I worked with [Mahershala Ali] on Free State (of Jones) and he’ll be a great fit, because I know whatever’s coming out of Nic’s writing mind, it’s heady and hardcore. It’s a very harsh reality. Mahershala’s got heavy feet. He’s grounded and rooted, and doesn’t have (an) attitude. There’s no room for attitude in Nic’s writing.”

With Mahershala Ali in the leading role, True Detective is likely to reprise the success of its first season. A second series, starring Rachel McAdams and Colin Farrell, was slammed by fans of the anthology series when it aired in 2015.

It signals a return to TV for the Oakland-born and raised, Mahershala Ali, who gave a stellar performance as baddie, Cottonmouth, in Netflix’s Luke Cage series, based on the Marvel comic.

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She is a writer who specialises in sustainable lifestyle and living, wellbeing, and entertainments. Rosa also works as a psychic, counsellor, intuitive reader and spiritual life coach helping people to become who they truly are and manifest their heart & soul’s desires into their lives:


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