Curious about how the porn industry evolved in New York during the ‘70s and ‘80s? Regardless of your answer, HBO’s got a fix for you. Called The Deuce and starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhall, the new TV series will explore the emerging porn industry in the early ‘70s in New York, its legalization, and the mafia that controlled it.
The Deuce was created by David Simon, Variety reports, which means we should be in for quite a show. Simon is also responsible for other stellar HBO productions including Show Me a Hero, Treme and The Wire.
Franco will play twin brothers Vincent Martino and Frankie Martino who were both players in the Times Square porn world, which became a front for the mob – the story is inspired by their careers.
Gyllenhaal, meanwhile, will play a hooker named Candy who’s drawn to the porn industry. Franco and Gyllenhaal are also acting as executive producer and producer for the show.
Other cast members include Gary Carr, Margarita Levieva, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Emily Meade and Dominique Fishback.
We don’t have premiere dates or the exact number of episodes for the first season of The Deuce just yet, but Variety says the pilot was directed by Breaking Bad’s Michelle MacLaren. Simon and George Pelecanos co-wrote the drama and will executive produce the show with Nina Noble and Richard Price, who will also write for the series.