Carmen Ejogo has landed a lead role with Mahershala Ali in Season 3 of HBO’s True Detective. 

Season 3 is about a macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks, and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods.

Ejogo’s character Amelia Reardon, an Arkansas schoolteacher with a connection to two missing children in 1980. Ali will play Wayne Hays, a state police detective from Northwest Arkansas.

Jeremy Saulnier will direct the third season of the crime anthology series with  Nic Pizzolatto.

Ejogo, who just finished production on the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel, also stars in Season 2 of The Girlfriend Experience on Starz and is in the Denzel Washington legal thriller in theaters this month, Roman J. Israel, Esq.