The recent Oscar victor is in talks to star in a possible third season of the anthology series, EW has confirmed, though a deal has not been reached.
According to Tracking Board, the Oscar-winning actor and star of House Of Cards, Moonlight and Luke Cage - Mahershala Ali - has been approached to lead the third season of True Detective. With speeches like the "Everybody wants to be king" scene, and his sudden bouts of anger, the role of Cottonmouth required a lot of the same skills as the role of Matthew McConaughey's fan-favorite Detective Rust Cohle from the first season. ".I set him up to deliver, in a very short time frame, something that became very challenging to deliver".
While they have remained mum so far this year, HBO execs have previously stated that the network was interested in a third season of True Detective, but they were waiting for Pizzolatto to come up with a new "take" for the season. He had to reinvent the wheel, so to speak.
According to Deadline, Ali is now in early talks for the role with no firm deal in place.
The characters on True Detective are nearly all storytellers; they tend to go on long, autobiographical-philosophical tangents, waxing on a theme or a truth about their lives. He would be the first African-American lead actor in the series as well.
However, news of Ali's potential involvement seems to have renewed interest in the franchise, based on the reaction from social media. The first two episodes have reportedly already been written by series creator Nic Pizzolatto, who is said to be working with Deadwood creator David Milch. A deal is reportedly yet to be in place, but negotiations are now underway.