Season 3 of HBO’s crime anthology True Detective casts Ray Fisher in a key role, marking the actor’s first since appearing in last year’s Justice League. The series has been delivering regular casting updates since its return was first announced late last year with the reveal that Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali would be headlining. Since then True Detective has been rounding out its cast by bringing on Carmen Ejogo, Stephen Dorff, Scoot McNairy, and Mamie Gummer.
In addition to all of the talent in front of the screen, True Detective season 3 has brought in Deadwood creator David Milch to co-write an episode with creator Nic Pizzolatto. Meanwhile, Blue Ruin and Green Room director Jeremy Saulnier is set to split directorial duties with Pizzolatto. Hopefully that lineup will bring the series closer to the success of the Cary Fukunaga-directed first season that also netted the series a number of Emmys.
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Fisher is just the latest to join the cast as a series regular. As reported by Deadline, he’ll be playing the son of Ali’s Detective Wayne Hays, though, at the time of this writing, there have been conflicting reports as to the name of his character. Deadline and IMDB have the character listed as Freddy Burns, while The Wrap is reporting the character’s name as Henry Hays.
Primarily known for his stage performances before landing the role of Victor Stone/Cyborg for Warner Bros., the True Detective role is just his fourth on screen appearance, and, perhaps more notably, his biggest that’s without the aid of extensive visual effects. Considering the role is being described as a series regular, it should give audiences a chance to become better acquainted with Fisher without having to wait years for his next turn as Cyborg, depending on what Warners decides to do with its superhero universe.
Still, this is good news for True Detective fans, as the return of the series was in question after the second season disappointed to the degree that it did. That season was also a star-studded affair, with Coiln Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Vince Vaughn, and Taylor Kitsch in the lead roles. So while it’s always nice to have top-notch talent on board a project like this, it isn’t always an indication of how well the end product is going to turn out. This time, though, Pizzolatto isn’t operating under the same restrictions in terms of time, suggesting the series will at least be a little more polished than season 2.
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True Detective season 3 does not yet have a premiere date.