After a poorly-received second season, HBO’s breakout drama True Detective is gearing up for redemption in its upcoming third season. As the pieces continue to come together for the new outing, another actor has been added to the ensemble cast.
Stephen Dorff, best known for his role in the Blade trilogy opposite Wesley Snipes, will play one of the leads in the new season.
He’ll be playing an Arkansas State Investigator named Roland West whose life is tied for over 30 years to a mysterious crime.
Dorff joins a cast that includes Moonlight‘s Mahershala Ali as Wayne Hayes, an Arkansas state police detective also influenced by the baffling crime.
Selma‘s Carmen Ejogo is the only other announced cast member, playing an Arkansas schoolteacher with ties to two missing schoolchildren.
True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto wrote every episode of the new season except one, which was co-written by Deadwood‘s David Milch.
Pizzolatto spent years crafting the intricately layered first season of True Detective with Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey (who continue to serve as executive producers).
With the smash success of that first season, Pizzolatto was pressured to quickly cook up a second season with a new cast and storyline.
The resulting second season, starring Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch, and Vince Vaughn, was widely panned by critics and audiences.
Afterward, it seemed the show may be put in mothballs, with HBO stepping back from pressuring Pizzolatto to produce any further episodes.
Last year, though, it was reported that Pizzolatto had begun work on a third season, with Filch brought on to help flesh out the storyline.
Cary Joji Fukunaga directed all of the first season and continues to serve as an executive producer, while filmmaker Justin Lin directed the opening two episodes of the second season. Green Room director Jeremy Saulnier will helm the third season episodes alongside Pizzolatto himself, who will make his directorial debut.