Creator Nic Pizzolatto is taking his anthology series True Detective to the Ozarks for Season 3. Stephen Dorff is set to play Arkansas State Investigator Roland West, joining Oscar winner Mahershala Ali and actor Carmen Ejogo. Ali and Dorff will play partner detectives on the case of a macabre crime that spans three decades. Ejogo will play a schoolteacher named Amelia Reardon, who is connected to two missing children. Pizzolatto has scripted the episodes for Season 3, co-writing Episode 4 with David Milch. The new season will mark Pizzolatto’s directorial debut.
Pizzolatto and Saulnier will executive produce along with Scott Stephens, Season 1’s Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, as well as Cary Fukunaga, Steve Golin, Bard Dorros and Richard Brown. “Nic has written truly remarkable scripts,” said HBO president Casey Bloys. “With his ambitious vision and Mahershala Ali and Jeremy Saulnier aboard, we are excited to embark on the next installment of True Detective.”
“I’m tremendously thrilled to be working with artists at the level of Mahershala and Jeremy,” Pizzolatto said. “I hope the material can do justice to their talents, and we’re all very excited to tell this story.” Good Wife alum Mamie Gummer – the daughter of Meryl Streep is heading to the Ozarks too: the actress will play Lucy Purcell, a mother of two children who finds herself involved in a crime. True Detective 3 doesn’t yet have a premiere date but at the Television Critics Association winter press tour Bloys was asked if True Detective was coming back this year or not, and he responded, “No, 2019.”