HBO releases first trailer for 'True Detective' season filmed in Northwest Arkansas

Posted: August 27, 2018 at 12:32 p.m.

Mahershala Ali, the lead actor in Season 3 of HBO’s True Detective, said Monday during a media event at Tugboat’s Place in Madison County that the Ozark Mountains landscape will be a key part of conveying the series’ storyline to viewers.

HBO has released the first trailer for True Detective’s third season, which was filmed in Northwest Arkansas earlier this year.

The eight-episode season, set to premiere in January, is centered on a “macabre crime” that takes place in the Ozarks over three different time periods. Filming began in February and was completed in early August.

“Touch darkness and darkness touches you back,” a True Detective synopsis states, calling it a “searing series of troubled cops and the investigations that drive them to the edge.”

Oscar-winning lead actor Mahershala Ali plays an Arkansas State Police detective and Carmen Ejogo portrays a schoolteacher with a connection to two missing children in 1980.

"Before you ever knew me, I wasn't scared much. I wasn't a fearful man. Things I've seen, things I know, don't do anything but cause harm. My whole brain is a bunch of missing pieces," Ali's character says in a trailer voiceover.

"My job... there's no certainty. This peace is more haunting than anything. I want to know the whole story."

Other cast members include Stephen Dorff as Ali’s state police partner, Scoot McNair as “a father who suffers a terrible loss” and Mamie Gummer as a “young mother of two at the center” of the crime.

Nic Pizzolatto, who attended graduate school at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, wrote and directed the season, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette previously reported.

Executive producers include Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, who starred as partner detectives in the show’s first season.