The HBO series True Detective will return for a third season, starring Oscar winner Mahershala Ali, with Nic Pizzolatto writing and Jeremy Saulnier set to direct.

The next instalment of the hit series tells the story of a grisly crime in the heart of the Ozarks – a mystery that deepens over decades, playing out in three separate time periods. Ali will play Wayne Hays, the lead role of a state police detective from Northwest Arkansas.

Casey Bloys, president of HBO’s programming, said of the new set-up: “Nic has written truly remarkable scripts. With his ambitious vision and Mahershala Ali and Jeremy Saulnier aboard, we are excited to embark on the next instalment of True Detective.”

Pizzolatto is the only writer on the series (apart from episode 4, that is co-written with David Milch) and in a statement about the new series, he said: “I’m tremendously thrilled to be working with artists at the level of Mahershala and Jeremy. I hope the material can do justice to their talents and we’re all very excited to tell this story.”

As yet, there is no air date, or start date for production.

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