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THE DEUCE, new HBO series


James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal become entrepreneurs in seedy 1970s New York City in the debut teaser for HBO new series The Deuce. Watch the clip below and let us know what you think.

Franco takes on dual roles as shaggy-haired twin brothers Vincent and Frankie Martino, a gambler and bartender who become fronts for the mob in Times Square. Gyllenhaal plays Eileen "Candy" Merrell, an independent sex worker who transitions into the booming porn industry. The clip gives us a glimpse into the sordid atmosphere of the era, teasing gunfire, violent police altercations, sex, nightclub boozing and a marquee promoting the premiere of 1972 "Golden Age" porn flick Deep Throat. The series will also explore the rise of HIV, the real estate boom and police efforts to crack down on the adult film trade. (via The Rolling Stones)

David Simon – former creator, showrunner, executive producer and head writer of acclaimed HBO series The Wire – created The Deuce with novelist/former Wire writer George Pelecanos. The eight-episode first season premieres September 10th and it looks like a good option for your already full watch-list.

Emily Meade, Anna Glover, Gary Carr, Jamie Neumann and Dominique Fishback will co-star in The Deuce alongside former Wire actors Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Gbenga Akinnagbe and Chris Bauer. Franco is also an executive producer on the HBO series, and he directed one of the episodes. The actor is no stranger to the hardcore sex on film or representations of the pornography industry as he also produced the documentary Kink and a short-form conceptual reworking of Cruising, Interior. Leather Bar., in 2013 and starred in King Cobra last year.

The Deuce will premiere on HBO September 10.

Here's the clip.

The official HBO synopsis reads:

Created by George Pelacanos and David Simon 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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