Film stars Oscar Isaac and Catherine Keener are getting in on the miniseries game, and they’re doing it with The Wire creator David Simon.
The duo are set to star in Simon and William F. Zorzi’s upcoming HBO miniseries Show Me a Hero, based on Lisa Belkin’s 1999 non-fiction book about the fight for housing desegregation in the late ‘80s.
Directed by Paul Haggis, the six-hour series follows the struggles of a young mayor ordered by the federal court to build low-income housing units in the city’s white neighborhoods—an effort that tears apart the city, the government, and ultimately the mayor himself. The series will explore the ideas of home, race, and community through its portrayal of ordinary citizens, elected officials, bureaucrats, and activists.
Isaac will star as Nick Wasicsko, described as “the youngest big-city mayor in the nation.” Keener will play Mary Dorman, “an East Yonkers homeowner who comes to a remarkable realization during the battle over where to build low-income housing.”
Simon has had a long history of success with HBO, most famously for his seminal crime saga The Wire, which aired on the network from 2002-2008. He is also responsible for the HBO miniseries Generation Kill and co-created the New Orleans drama Treme, which spanned four seasons.
Simon, Zorzi, and Haggis will executive produce Show Me a Hero, along with Nina Noble and Gail Mutrux.