Who is Kali Reis? Boxing champ joins HBO's 'True Detective' Season 4 alongside Jodie Foster

Who is Kali Reis? Boxing champ joins HBO's 'True Detective' Season 4 alongside Jodie Foster
Kali Reis (L) has secured a role in ‘True Detective' Season 4 alongside Jodie Foster (R) (Irvin Rivera and Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

Professional boxing champion and human rights advocate Kali Reis is all set to star alongside Oscar-winning actress Jodie Foster. The 35-year-old actress is going to be seen in the Emmy-nominated crime-thriller anthology series ‘True Detective’ Season 4. The series would be premiering on HBO.

The upcoming season of the crime-thriller anthology series has been titled as ‘True Detective: Night Country’. The official synopsis of the series according to HBO reads, “When the long winter night falls in Ennis, Alaska, the six men that operate the Tsalal Arctic Research Station vanish without a trace. To solve the case, Detectives Liz Danvers (Jodie Foster) and Evangeline Navarro (Kali Reis) will have to confront the darkness they carry in themselves, and dig into the haunted truths that lie buried under the eternal ice.” ‘True Detective’ Season 4 is going to be filmed in Iceland.


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Who is Kali Reis?

Kali Reis, a World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight champion, paved her way into Hollywood by debuting in an indie film titled ‘Catch the Fair One’. She also helped to develop and conceptualize the story along with director Josef Kubota Wladyka. She not only earned her a special Jury mention for best actress at the coveted Tribeca Film Festival 2021, but this film ended up winning the Audience Award, along with an Indie Spirit Award 2022 nomination for the Best female lead. Her amazing performance in the movie caught the attention of ‘True Detective’ producers. Reis will play the role of Detective Evangeline Navarro in the series.

Reis is the  world’s first indigenous American boxing female champion. She made her television debut on HBO in 2018 with the network’s 'HBO Boxing' franchise. Reis recently finished the principal photography of her second Hollywood movie ‘Black Flies’ in which she stars opposite Sean Penn and Tye Sheridan.

Reis is also a motivational speaker and staunch vocal supporter of the ‘Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls movement’. She also teaches young women how to fight both physically and verbally against the targeting of Native youths as well.

As soon as fans got to know that Kali Reis will be joining as the main lead in ‘True Detective’ Season 4, they started sharing their reactions on Twitter. “Meh, S1 was the only good season," said a fan. “Will always take another true detective as long as it doesn't end up like season 2," said another fan.

“Oh my god this sounds so good," wrote a fan. “True detective only had one good season and that was the first one," a fan noted. “A. Another season of true detective announced. 2.  starring Jodie Foster and Kali Reis. Feck yes! #TrueDetective #fanboy #geeklife #jodiefoster #kalireis #hellsyes #show #bringiton,” a user added.






As soon as Reis posted the exciting news on her Instagram account, fans flooded her comments section. She had captioned the post, “Beyond grateful for this opportunity. I’m still at loss for words…..Tabutnê manitou is really the only thing that comes to mind. Everything I’ve gone through, GOING through…everything I fight for…EVERYTHING I put into the grind day after day…the let downs the heart aches, the loses of loved ones, the mistreatment, being lied to, betrayed… the “no’s”…the you’ll never be or you’re not enough … are just some of what has built me into who I am today. And I’m always a work in progress. We all are. Our journeys are unique to US. What is your “why”? The why and intentions you put into YOUR work, YOUR thoughts are your responsibility….the HOW….well that’s universe & creators job. I’ll ALWAYS strive for MY best and never stop dreaming… “into the night we go. Trust the process……HAPPY NEW MOON."


“Wow this is amazing! Congrats," a fan shared. “I’m sooooo proud of you!!!!! Ekkkkkkk congratulations,” wrote a fan. “Wow!!!!!! Congrats sis! Blessings! Thank the ancestors!!!!!!! yes!” added another user. “Awesome news! Congrats on the new role!” wrote a fan.

“Yoooooo I’m so excited for this! Love you in the ring and now you gonna be in one of my all time favorite shows. Congrats champ!" a fan said. “Wow!! On screen with Jodie Foster?! This is amazing news!!! Congratulations!!” a user added. “Smiling so hard!! Way to go, Kali. I have a new show to watch,” said a fan. “WHOAAA THIS IS SO COOL I AM SO ON BOARD FOR THIS!!!! CONGRATS you earned this!!!” a fan added. “Superstar, just the authenticity in you’re on screen performance let’s go champ. Can’t wait to see this,” a fan noted.

Issa López serves as showrunner, writer, and director. She is also the executive producer for the series along with Jodie Foster. Furthermore, Barry Jenkins, Adele Romanski, and Mark Ceryak are executive producers of the show through PASTEL.

Alan Page Arriaga is a writer and executive producer for 'True Detective' Season 4.  Furthermore, Anonymous Content, Mari Jo Winkler, Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Cary Joji Fukunaga, and Nic Pizzolatto also executive produce the series.

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