HBO has lined up the key players for a miniseries from “The Wire” co-creator David Simon. Deadline.com reports that “Inside Llewin Davis” lead Oscar Isaac will star in “Show Me a Hero,” which has a green light from the pay-cable channel.
Catherine Keener will co-star, with Paul Haggis directing.
“Penned by Simon and Baltimore Sun journalist/’The Wire’ writer William F. Zorzi, ‘Show Me a Hero’ is based on the non-fiction book by Lisa Belkin,” the story reports. “It tells the story of Nick Wasicsko (Isaac), the youngest big-city mayor in the nation who finds himself thrust into the center of a racial controversy when a federal court orders him to build a small number of low-income housing units in the white neighborhoods of his town, Yonkers, N.Y. His attempt to do so tears the entire city apart, paralyzes the entire municipal government and, ultimately, destroys his political future.”
The miniseries will be Simon’s third for HBO. His 2000 effort “The Corner” won an Emmy for best miniseries, and his “Generation Kill” received a nomination in the same category. Simon also co-created the HBO series “Treme,” which is up for an Emmy this year for best miniseries.