Steph Barnes
November 19, 2017 4:24 pm
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The first season of True Detective pulled us all the way in and quickly became a cult classic. The second season? Eh, not quite so much. Despite having an all-star cast, season two of the HBO crime drama anthology series fell a little short — some would even say “uninspiring.” But from the looks of it, the show’s creators are trying to shake things up by tapping Carmen Ejogo and Mahershala Ali as co-leads for season three.

In case you’ve been living under a rock, the show premiered back in 2014, and season two aired in 2015. After a brief break, season 3 of True Detective was finally announced earlier this year. Each season of the series has a new cast and follows a different storyline. The first season, starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, took place in Louisiana and followed a pair of Louisiana State Police homicide detectives, and their pursuit of a serial killer over a 17-year period. True Detective‘s second season premiere introduced Colin Farrell and Rachel McAdams as our new set of detectives. But like we said, it didn’t quite live up to the legacy of season one.

The third season was greenlit in the summer of 2017, and we already have high expectations.

Especially since Mahershala Ali is the lead male.

He is absolutely gorgeous — and recently won an Academy Award for the critically acclaimed Moonlight. So we have no doubt he’s going to bring some serious acting skills to the table.

But now we’re hearing his True Detective co-star will be Carmen Ejogo.

You know her from many great flicks, including the film adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them where she played President Seraphina Picquery. She also acted in Selma, Alien: Covenant, and Away We Go.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, season three will tell 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. Ejogo will play the female lead, Amelia Reardon, an Arkansas schoolteacher with a connection to two missing children in 1980. Ali stars as Wayne Hays, a state police detective from Northwest Arkansas.

Series creator Nic Pizzolatto will be writing most of the episodes for the new season. He has also enlisted a new producing partner as well: Emmy Award-winning producer David Milch. We don’t know about you guys, but we’re already so excited to see how this plays out.

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