James Franco fans will get a double-serving of the popular actor when “The Deuce” hits HBO this fall. The network released a first-look trailer for the drama series earlier today, which features quite a few high-profile actors. Fans can set a reminder to catch the new series this fall, and get that HBO Go password squared-away.
In today’s announcement HBO officially confirmed the debut date for the drama series, which will now begin its eight-episode season on Sunday, September 10, 2017. Created by George Pelecanos 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. You can watch the first trailer here, or above, thanks to an late-night upload from the network.
This is one of the 13 projects that James Franco has in the works, all of which are expected to release this year or in 2018. One of the more highly-anticipated releases expected this year is “The Disaster Artist,” which will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Tommy Wiseau’s infamous film “The Room”. That project was directed by James Franco, working from a script written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber. “The Disaster Artist” has an amazing cast behind it, too long to just list-off in its entirety. A few of the actors with roles in the film are Zac Efron, Zoey Deutch, Dylan Minnette, Alison Brie, Sharon Stone, Dave Franco, Josh Hutcherson, Seth Rogen, Melanie Griffith, Jason Mantzoukas, Tommy Wiseau, Eliza Coupe, and Paul Scheer. There are quite a few actors and popular filmmakers playing themselves as well, including Bryan Cranston, Lizzy Caplan, Kristen Bell, Adam Scott, June Diane Raphael, J.J. Abrams, and Zach Braff.
If you are wondering, James Franco will be taking on the role of Tommy Wiseau in the film.