USA Network is welcoming Chris Messina (Sharp Objects) to the cast of the third season of thriller-drama The Sinner. The actor joins Bill Pullman (who is set to reprise his role as Detective Harry Ambrose) and Matt Bomer (Doom Patrol) on the series from executive producer Jessica Biel and Universal Content Productions. Derek Simonds returns as series showrunner, with Adam Bernstein (Fargo, Breaking Bad) set to direct the first two episodes.
The third season of The Sinner follows 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.
Succeeding Biel and Carrie Coon as the season’s co-lead, Bomer’s Jamie is an upstanding Dorchester resident and expectant father who looks to Ambrose for support in the wake of the accident.
Messina’s Nick Haas is a college friend to Jamie. A surprise visit years later unexpectedly alters the course of their friendship and their lives.
Simonds executive produces alongside Iron Ocean’s Biel and Michelle Purple. Charlie Gogolak, Willie Reale, and Bernstein also serve as executive producers. The series/franchise has earned a number of award nominations, including an Emmy nomination nod to Biel for “Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie.” The second season received a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) nomination for Pullman for “Male Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie.”