‘The Deuce’ Trailer: James Franco Plays Twins in HBO Series

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James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal are among the cast members of The Deuce, the upcoming HBO series set in 70s and 80s New York City.

From The Wire creator/writer/EP David Simon and producer George Pelecanos, The Deuce tells of the legalisation and subsequent rise of the porn industry in New York’s Times Square.

“Times Square in the 1970s is now chiefly remembered as the ground zero of decadence and depravity, but what’s often left out of the picture is that, for many, it was a hotbed of experimentation, adventure and sexual liberation,” Pelecanos said in a statement.

“The music, the outlandish outfits, the beautiful cars made in Detroit and particularly the decade’s time-capsule, shot-in-New York films [Mean Streets, The French Connection, Black Caesar] were a great inspiration for us when we were designing the look and feel of our debut season of The Deuce.”

Take a look at the official trailer, which shows off a strong sense of time and place and a style that fits in with its period. Hopefully this one does better than HBO’s expensive 70s-set drama series Vinyl, which received the axe after just one season.

The 8-episode first season of The Deuce, which will also be starring Gary Carr, Margarita Levieva, Lawrence Gilliard, Jr., Dominique Fishback, Emily Meade, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Chris Bauer, Chris Coy, Natalie Paul, and Michael Rispoli, will be kicking off on HBO on September 10.

Synopsis for The Deuce:

Created by George Pelecanos and David Simon (The Wire) and starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Deuce follows the story of the legalization and subsequent rise of the porn industry in New York’s Times Square from the early 1970s through the mid-1980s, exploring the rough-and-tumble world at the pioneering moments of what would become the billion-dollar American sex industry. George Pelecanos, David Simon, James Franco and Nina K. Noble executive produce.

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Image credit: Paul Schiraldi / HBO
Image credit: Paul Schiraldi / HBO
Image credit: Paul Schiraldi / HBO