Chris Messina Joins The Sinner Season 3 For USA Network
Chris Messina (Sharp Objects, The Mindy Project) has joined the third season of USA Network’s The Sinner, Deadline has confirmed. Messina will star alongside the previously announced Matt Bomer and series regular Bill Pullman in the anthology crime series.
Messina, whose upcoming projects include Birds of Prey, The Secrets We Keep, and Mainstream, will play Nick Haas, a college friend to Jamie (Bomer). A surprise visit years later unexpectedly alters the course of their friendship and their lives.
The Sinner Season 3 will follow Detective Harry Ambrose (Pullman) as he begins a routine investigation of a tragic car accident on the outskirts of Dorchester, in upstate New York. Ambrose uncovers a hidden crime that pulls him into the most dangerous and disturbing case of his career.
The first season of The Sinner, which was set around a woman in a small town who murders a man and goes to jail while the search to find why she did it continues, was a relatively large hit for the network, which aired the series in the summer and saw increasingly better ratings and very positive reviews from critics, including two Golden Globe nominations for Best Miniseries and Best Actress for Jessica Biel in the lead role. Though the storyline was seemingly wrapped up in the first season, USA chose to give the series a second outing.
The second season features the return of Detective Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) as he goes back to his small hometown to investigate the murder of a couple by their 11-year-old son. As he tries to figure out why the boy would commit such a crime, it becomes clear that the town is hiding some very dark secrets that people will do anything in their power to protect. While attempting to bring these secrets to light, he also meets Vera (Carrie Coon), who might hold the key to understanding everything that’s going on.
Derek Simonds will executive producer The Sinner Season 3 and will serve as showrunner. Jessica Biel, who starred in Season 1 and has continued to executive produce, will return to EP alongside Michelle Purple via their company Iron Ocean. Charlie Gogolak, Willie Reale, and Adam Bernstein (who is directing the first two episodes) will also executive produce the Universal Content Productions project.
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