Maggie Gyllenhaal Joins HBO’s David Simon 1970s Porn Drama ‘The Deuce’

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The Honourable Woman star Maggie Gyllenhaal has signed on for a co-starring role opposite James Franco in The Deuce, HBO’s hour-long drama pilot set in the porn scene in 1970s New York which hails from The Wire and Show Me A Hero creator David Simon.

The Deuce tells the story of the legalization and subsequent rise of the porn industry in New York from the early 1970s through the mid-1980s. The drama explores the rough-and-tumble world that existed in midtown Manhattan until the rise of HIV, the violence of the cocaine epidemic and the renewed real estate market all ended the bawdy turbulence.

Maggie Gyllenhaal will play Eileen Merrell, whose street name is Candy. She is a Times Square hooker and veteran with an entrepreneurial bent who is drawn into the fledgling industry. In addition to starring, Gyllenhaal’s deal involves a production element that calls for her to serve as a producer.

The hour-long drama, which HBO picked up to pilot in August, was penned by David Simon and George Pelecanos. Michelle MacLaren is attached to direct the drama, which is inspired in part by the career of twin brothers who were players in the Times Square world and became fronts for Mob control of the volatile and lucrative sex industry from its origins. David Simon, George Pelecanos, Nina K. Noble and Richard Price are serving as executive producers.