Watch Mahershala Ali Age into an Old Man in the First True Detective Season 3 Trailer
Mahershala Ali won an Oscar in 2017 for his role in Moonlight
Ali, 44, stars in the highly anticipated new season of the anthology series, which will arrive on HBO in January.
In the trailer, Ali — who portrays an Arkansas detective named Wayne Hays — morphs into a gray-haired old man right before viewers’ eyes.
“Before you ever knew me, I wasn’t scared much,” Ali narrates as a younger version of his character investigates a case. “That wasn’t a fear for me. Things I’ve seen, things I know, wouldn’t do anything but cause harm. My whole brain’s a bunch of missing pieces.”
“My job — there’s no certainty,” Ali continues in the trailer’s voiceover. “This peace is more haunting than anything. I want to know the whole story.”
During the Television Critics Association’s press tour over a year ago, HBO president of programming Casey Bloys discussed Ali’s season of the show.
“I have read five scripts for a third season,” Bloys said at the time. “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.”