HBO has ordered a series of New York porn drama The Deuce, reports Variety. The show, co-written by David Simon, the creator of The Wire, will star Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Franco and follows the rise of the porn industry in New York in the '70s and '80s. Gyllenhaal will play a Times Square prostitute named "Candy" with an entrepreneurial streak, while Franco will take on the role of mobster twins Vincent and Frankie Martino (think Tom Hardy playing both Ronnie and Reggie Kray in 2015 gangster flick Legend).
There's a lot of talent involved in The Deuce
The project has a substantial amount of talent behind it. Not only Simon, but also co-writer George Pelecanos and executive producer Nina Noble (who both also worked on The Wire). Michelle MacLaren, who directed and exec produced the pilot, is also known for her work on Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and Breaking Bad. That's a lot of critically acclaimed TV right there. Variety says there's no word on how many episodes of The Deuce have been ordered, but look out for more information on the series later in the year.