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Bay Area Native, Oscar Winner Mahershala Ali to Star in Third Installment of HBO's ‘True Detective'

Earlier this year, the Bay Area actor made history as the first Muslim actor to win an Academy Award

Bay Area native and Academy-Award winning actor Mahershala Ali has signed on to star in the third installment of HBO's "True Detective." 

The acclaimed actor, who was born in Oakland and was a basketball star at Saint Mary's College, will play an as-of-yet unnamed character in the third season of the detective anthology, HBO president of programming Casey Bloys confirmed at a press event on Wednesday.

“I have read five scripts for a third season,” Bloys said. “I’m very very impressed and excited about what I’ve read. I don’t want to give away the storyline, but I really think they’re terrific.” 

As of yet, there is no word on a release date for the project; Boyd revealed that producers are still looking for a director to helm the series. 

Following the announcement, Ali took to his Instagram to confirm the news. 

Unlike "American Horror Story" and other popular anthologies, "True Detective" spins around a new cast for each installment. The first season, starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew Matthew McConaughey, premiered in 2014 to critical acclaim and quickly became a fan favorite, spawning memes and who-dun-it discussion threads. 

Despite signing A-list talent in Rachel McAdams and Colin Farrel, the much-anticipated second season tanked with comparatively poor ratings and lukewarm reviews. After that, there were rumors that HBO would abandon efforts for a third season. 

Earlier this year, Ali made history as the first Muslim actor to win an Academy Award for his turn in 2016's Moonlight, a coming-of-age story about a young black man grappling with his sexuality and identity. In addition to independent projects, the 43-year-old has appeared in a spate of high-profile acting roles, including Hidden Figures, House of Cards and The Hunger Games franchise.

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