Two time Academy Award winning actor, and the deviously forgetful cop on True Detecive season 3, Mahershala Ali, is joining the indie sci-fi thriller Sovereign. “We have long loved this project and have been patiently waiting until we found the right leading actor, which we no doubt have found in the incredibly talented Mahershala Ali,” Nick Meyer, eOne’s president of film, said in a statement. Ali won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor twice. This makes the first black actor to win two Oscars in the same category. He is also the first Muslim actor to win an Academy Award for acting. Shawn Levy, Dan Levine and Dan Cohen are on board as producers, working through their 21 Laps Entertainment banner. The film’s financing and international sales are being handled by Sierra/Affinity, and that company’s Nick Meyer and Marc Schaberg will executive produce alongside Kelly McCormick and Gordon-Levitt.

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