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Mahershala Ali signs on the star in ‘True Detective’ Season 3

By in Press Enterprise on July 27, 2017

By Chuck Barney

Academy Award-winning actor Mahershala Ali could have more television in his future.

The “Moonlight” star and Oakland native has closed a deal to appear in the third season of HBO’s crime anthology series, “True Detective.” The network’s president of programming, Casey Bloys, confirmed the signing Wednesday at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour.

Ali would play the lead role in the series, which has yet to be officially green-lit. Bloys, however, indicated that it’s a good bet.

“I have read five scripts for a third season and I think they’re terrific,” he told reporters. “… I’m very impressed, and excited about what I’ve read.”

“We are talking to directors, and when we have a director we want to hire, it will be a go,” added Bloys, who declined to provide any narrative details.

After spending most of his career relegated to background roles, Ali’s profile in Hollywood received a major boost last year with his performance as a warmhearted drug dealer in “Moonlight.” He captured the Oscar for best supporting actor and the film earned the best-picture prize.

At the time Ali said, “I’m obviously in a different place. I feel like I’ve just moved up onto the entry level of the highest realm of the business — and I say that without any arrogance.”

The Oscar clearly has led to more opportunities for the Saint Mary’s College grad, including the “True Detective” role.

“I’ve spent so much of my career chasing parts and going on auditions,” he said earlier this year. “It’s a much different experience when you suddenly have choices — when people are coming to you with projects that are in alignment with how you see yourself.”

The first season of creator Nic Pizzolatto’s “True Detective,” starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, was a highly acclaimed awards magnet. However, Season 2, with Colin Farrell and […]    

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