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Mahershala Ali is said to be in preliminary talks to star in HBO‘s moody crime drama True Detective, although a new season hasn’t been ordered. According to insider reports, a deal to bring the show’s third season to life might come to pass because of the network’s investment in the brand.

The Tracking Board exclusively reports:

Sources caution that Ali’s deal hasn’t closed yet, but insiders are confident that it will. The third season of True Detective has not received a greenlight yet either, but given the fact that the show is one of the crown jewels in HBO’s programming lineup, insiders say it is definitely expected to return.

HBO has a tradition of casting big names in True Detective, including Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in Season 1, and Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch in Season 2. The show has never had an African-American lead before, and Ali is a rising star in Hollywood, so his casting is a smart move on the network’s part, as well as creator Nic Pizzolatto.

There are no plot details for the highly-anticipated third season, and as such, there’s no word on who Ali will be playing. Should a deal close, True Detective would serve as Ali’s return to television following stellar turns on Netflix’s House of Cards and Luke Cage.

Ali’s star has continually been on the rise since his rhyming days, culminating into the actor winning a Best Supporting Oscar for his role in Moonlight.