First True Detective season three footage teases a horrifying crime

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The above trailer spotlights new series star Mahershala Ali (Moonlight, Marvel's Luke Cage), who plays Wayne Hays, a state police detective from Northwest Arkansas.

HBO on Sunday revealed the first footage from True Detective Season 3, which is set to launch in January 2019. "There wasn't a fear for me". Things I've seen, things I know, wouldn't do anything but cause harm. My job... there's no certainty.

"This case is more haunting than anything", Ali says in the video. Unfortunately, season 2 of the show changed things up a bit too much and simply didn't deliver the goods in the way that the show's first season did. In addition to Ali, this season also features Carmen Ejogo, Scoot McNairy, Mamie Gummer, Stephen Dorff, Michael Greyeyes, Jon Tenney, Deborah Ayorinde, Rhys Wakefield, Sarah Gadon, Emily Nelson, Brandon Flynn, Michael Graziadei, Josh Hopkins, Jodi Balfour and Cyborg himself, Ray Fisher. HBO and creator Nic Pizzolatto have assembled one heck of a cast for the show's return. Unfortunately, the series took a nosedive with the Rachel McAdams-led second season, falling into the sophomore slump and failing to live up to sky-high expectations.

While that season received plaudits from critics and viewers alike, True Detective's second season, which was set in California's criminal underworld and starred Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn, proved more divisive, appearing in a number of "worst TV series of the year" lists when it debuted in 2015. Pizzolatto will also direct a couple of episodes alongside Daniel Sackheim (The Leftovers, Game of Thrones and The Americans) and Jeremy Saulnier (Blue Ruin and The Green Room).