Season 3 of True Detective is set to begin filming soon, moving the action to the Ozarks to tell a story of a “macabre” crime, and the subsequent investigation that goes back several decades. The addition of Stephen Dorff alongside Mahershala Ali, and Selma star Carmen Ejogo, further proves that the series is ready to reclaim its reigning position as one of HBO’s biggest features, after the more than disappointing second season, starring Vince Vaughn and Colin Farrell, left the series’ future in question.

Creator Nic Pizzolatto had the benefit of much more time in which to develop and write the third season (something that many have said was a factor in the quality of Season2), as well as having back up from the creator of Deadwood, David Milch, who helped to shape the upcoming season, and is credited as the co-writer on episode 4. Additionally, Pizzolatto – who is also taking on the role of director on Season 3 – will be joined by Blue Ruin and Green Room director Jeremy Saunier, an up-and-comer set to cast new eyes over the series.

According to Variety, Dorff will join the series in what is being described as a co-leading role. He will play Roland West, an Arkansas State Investigator trying to piece together the crime that has bound him to Ali’s Wayne Hays for three decades. It’s clear from the description of Dorff’s role and the overarching story, that Pizzolatto is eager to take us back to the sprawling narrative style of the first season, probing the harrowing effects of an unsolved case on the detectives assigned to it.

True Detective Season 3 does not currently have a premiere date.

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