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True Detective’s first season 3 trailer brings back the weird

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Oscar winning actor Mahershala Ali steps into the lead role

HBO debuted the first teaser trailer for season three of its peculiar drama series, True Detective, tonight — and it’s definitely got some season one vibes.

The teaser focuses on Wayne Hays, played by Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali (Moonlight), who is trying to figure out something from his past. Much like the first season, the third looks like it will use fragmented memories and multiple timelines to tell a twisty story. Ali’s Hays is a detective from Northwest Arkansas, but the show is set in the Ozarks — a region that is spread over four different states: Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas.

True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto will be credited with writing the entire season, much like the series’ first season. The fourth episode will find Pizzolatto sharing a writing credit with Deadwood creator David Milch. Pizzolatto will also direct a couple of episodes alongside Daniel Sackheim (The Leftovers, Game of Thrones, The Americans) and Jeremy Saulnier (Blue Ruin, The Green Room.) Saulnier will direct the first two episodes.

Ali is joined by John Charles Dickson, Stephen Dorff, Carmen Ejogo, Ray Fisher and Sarah Gadon.

True Detective will return to HBO for its third season in January 2019.