The Honourable Woman star Maggie Gyllenhaal has joined David Simon's HBO drama, The Deuce. Maggie, 37, will play the role of Eileen Merrell/Candy, a veteran with an entrepreneurial bent who is drawn into the fledgling adult film industry, said The Hollywood Reporter.
The show also stars James Franco, who serves as a producer in the project, which is expected to begin filming in New York in October. Michelle MacLaren, of Breaking Bad fame, will direct the pilot.
The Deuce follows the story of the legalisation of the adult film industry in the New York of early 1970s and mid-1980s. The storyline explores the rough world that existed in Manhattan until the rise of HIV, the violence of the cocaine epidemic and the renewed real estate market all ended the bawdy turbulence. (Also Read: At 37, Maggie Gyllenhaal is 'Too Old' For Hero, 55. And This is Not Even Bollywood)
The Deuce loosely follows the real-life story of two brothers, who became fronts for mob control of the adult movie industry. The drama is being written by Simon and Pelecanos, with Nina K Noble and Richard Price involved as executive producers.