In just a couple of short years, Mahershala Ali has gone from "that guy from House of Cards" to marquee-level actor and Oscar winner. The 43-year-old Moonlight star is taking no time off on his mission to dominate Hollywood, and is rumored to be up for one of the most coveted gigs in town.
According to Page Six, Ali is in talks to take over the lead role in HBO's cult drama series True Detective. The show was one of the most talked-about in recent years, and essentially catapulted Matthew McConaughey into his career renaissance. The show's second season didn't fare quite as well as the first with critics and audiences, but Ali's involvement will undoubtedly trigger a jolt if interest in the third season.
For now, the talks to have Ali play the lead are very early, but we imagine the folks at HBO are working overtime trying to lock him down. As for Ali, after Moonlight we're sure he has his pick of projects.
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