The forthcoming HBO original drama series The Deuce – as created by showrunner David Simon and starring James Franco – has just seen the release of an official teaser trailer and slate of images from the new show. Following his work on the critically acclaimed drama that is The Wire and the underrated musically tinged series in the form of Treme, Simon has set his sights next on the rise of the pornography industry in 1970s Times Square, New York.
Set to pay plenty of attention to the concurrently ensuing epidemics of HIV, violence, drugs, and the real estate booms and busts of 1970s New York City, The Deuce is sure to be another highly original small screen production created and executive produced by Simon. Starring Franco as twin brothers Vincent and Frankie Martino – who become fronts for the Mob following the legalization and rise of the porn industry – the latest teaser for the new show promises a little of what’s soon to come from the first season.
In the footage featured above, potential viewers can get their first taste of all that The Deuce has to offer fans of Simon’s past efforts for HBO. Co-starring Maggie Gyllenhaal as former sex worker turned porn star named Eileen “Candy” Merrell, the new drama series is sure to attract the attention of anyone who holds either The Wire or Treme in high regard over the course of its eight-episode first season.
Given Simon’s penchant for creating emotionally taut and dramatically compelling original drama series on HBO in the past, The Deuce is sure to be another feather with which the showrunner will be able to decorate his already colorful filmmaking cap. And with Franco and Gyllenhaal rounding out the lead roles, 1970s New York City is about to get the kind of cinematically seedy facelift the likes of which has not been seen since Martin Scorsese immortalized the era with Taxi Driver in 1976.
Only time will tell how well Simon, Franco, Gyllenhaal, and company will fare when The Deuce finally greets general audiences later this fall, but with any luck viewers interested in the historical time period that the show has taken great lengths to cinematically recreate will tune in for an apparent blast from the past. In the meantime, here’s to hoping for the very best from the forthcoming original drama series on HBO.
The Deuce season one will premiere on HBO starting September 10, 2017.