News on Season 3 of HBO’s hit crime drama True Detective has been slowly coming since the next instalment’s announcement, and now it seems that Halt and Catch Fire star, Scoot McNairy has been cast in a key role.

After a poor second season, True Detective is making a comeback with series creator Nic Pizzolatto bringing Deadwood’s David Milch and Green Room’s Jeremy Saulnier on board, along with a stellar cast including Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali, Stephen Dorf and Carmen Ejogo. And now, McNairy is joining the cast of Season 3, which has been described as centring around a “macabre” crime in the Ozarks, which unfolds over a number of years.

Deadline has reported that McNairy will play a man named Tom, a father who “suffers a loss” in the crime which forms the basis of the entire season’s story, a “loss” which connects him to both Ali’s Detective Wayne Hays and Dorf’s Roland West through around 10 years.

McNairy seems to keep himself busy with a number of supporting roles in high-profile projects when it comes to film, and playing a grieving father in True Detective will give the season the kind of pathos it needs for another success. And given McNairy’s history holding his own against the likes of Brad Pitt, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ewan McGregor, Kerry Bishé, and Lee Pace, it will be interesting to see him taking a more central role alongside Ali and Dorf.

True Detective Season 3 is set to premiere in 2019.

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