Whenever HBO announces a new Show, you know you can expect it to be a phenomenal piece of Television and The Deuce, with its assortment of colorful characters set in the underbelly of '70s New York, is no exception. The brainchild of The Wire creator David Simon, The Deuce focuses on the legalization of the porn industry, and the endemic rise of HIV, drug use, violence and real estate prices that surrounded it.

Starring (who plays identical twins), , Chris Bauer and Lawrence Gilliard amongst a litany of familiar faces, The Deuce looks set to become the breakout hit of the summer. So, to ensure that you're constantly up to date with all the news, cast, characters and air dates here's everything you need to know about The Deuce in one Class-A place. Keep it clean kids!


'The Deuce' Trailer:

While we patiently await the official reveal of The Deuce's trailer, we can get a glimpse of James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal in all their low-life '70s glory in HBO's 2017 trailer showcase. With our first look at Maggie adorning an incredible blonde fro and James Franco having a drink with James Franco, The Deuce trailer will hopefully give us a closer look at the grimy New York backdrop which the leading characters are hustling in when it finally drops.

'The Deuce' Air Date:

The Deuce's air date is yet to be officially confirmed but we do know that it will air in the Summer of 2017. With the pilot going in to production back in October 2015 and HBO picking up the Series in January 2016, it looks likely that HBO is carefully planning The Deuce's air date to coincide strategically alongside the rest of their summer schedule.

'The Deuce' Plot:

'The Deuce' [Credit: HBO]
'The Deuce' [Credit: HBO]

The Deuce's plot is set around Times Square in New York in the '70s which becomes the backdrop to the legalization and subsequent boom of the porn industry, a rapid increase in HIV, violence and cocaine use.

Inspired by the real life career of twin brothers, Frankie and Vincent Martino (both played by Franco) who became fronts for the mob and deeply involved within the lucrative sex industry, we watch as their lives entwine, for better or worse, with a host of complex characters just trying to get by in the underbelly of New York.

This includes the likes of Eileen 'Candy' Merrell (Gyllenhaal) who plays a prostitute, dreaming of escaping her life which is spent traipsing up and down the streets of The Deuce and Sandra Washington (Natalie Paul), a news reporter investigating the sex industry running rife in Times Square.

'The Deuce' Cast & Characters:

  • James Franco As Frankie & Vincent Martino
'Making A Scene' [Credit: AOL & Trium Entertainment]
'Making A Scene' [Credit: AOL & Trium Entertainment]

The Deuce's cast & characters are led by a troublesome double act based on real-life mobster twin brothers. Franco will play both Frankie and Vincent Martino who wind up working with the Mafia of New York city and getting heavily involved in the rise of the porn industry in Times Square in the '70s and '80s. Where Vincent is a bartender with a somewhat calmer temperament, Frankie is the more wayward and volatile of the pair, so expect sparks to fly where he is concerned!

  • Maggie Gyllenhaal As Eileen 'Candy' Merrell
'Sherrybaby' [Credit: IFC Films]
'Sherrybaby' [Credit: IFC Films]

Candy, a prostitute, has her sights set on more than just hustling up and down Times Square for the rest of her days, instead dreaming of running with the 'big boys' and starting up her own porn company as the legalized industry begins to appear increasingly lucrative.

  • Lawrence Gilliard Jr. As Chris Alston
'The Wire' [Credit: HBO]
'The Wire' [Credit: HBO]

A familiar face to HBO, Lawrence Gilliard, who played D'Angelo Barksdale in The Wire, is set to return in The Deuce on the other side of the law as a NYPD patrolman.

  • Michael Rispoli As Rudy Pipilo
'The Sopranos' [Credit: HBO]
'The Sopranos' [Credit: HBO]

Another HBO regular, Michael Rispoli, who played Jackie Aprile in The Sopranos, is cast in a similarly mafioso role as Rudy Pipilo, the Gambino family capo who is charged with watching over the Mob's financial investments in the sex industry.

  • Natalie Paul As Sandra Washington
'Power' [Credit: Starz]
'Power' [Credit: Starz]

Natalie Paul, who made a name for herself in Boardwalk Empire and Power, aims to raise her profile even higher as Sandra Washington, a newspaper reporter who begins snooping around Times Square to investigate its links with the sex industry in The Deuce.

  • Chris Coy As Paul Hendrickson
'Little Birds' [Credit: Millennium Entertainment]
'Little Birds' [Credit: Millennium Entertainment]

Paul is Vincent Martino's kindred spirit who is also an experienced bartender. Paul looks to pursue both his entrepreneurial and personal ambitions especially with regards to the growing LGBT community of '70s New York.

  • Dominique Fishback As Darlene
'Show Me A Hero' [Credit: HBO]
'Show Me A Hero' [Credit: HBO]

A further HBO alumni, Dominique will be portraying the kindhearted, naive young prostitute Darlene who's trying to survive while working for a violent, dangerous pimp.

  • Chris Bauer As Bobby Dwyer
'The Wire' [Credit: HBO]
'The Wire' [Credit: HBO]

Joining previous The Wire cast mate Lawrence Gilliard, Chris Bauer will be playing Vincent and Frankie Martino's construction working brother-in-law in The Deuce, who is perpetually shocked by their adventures in the seething New York underbelly.

  • Margarita Levieva As Abigail 'Abby' Parker
'Adventureland' [Credit: Miramax Films]
'Adventureland' [Credit: Miramax Films]

Margarita plays Abby, a risk-taking student who embarks on a relationship with Vincent.

  • Gbenga Akinnagbe As Larry Brown
'Lottery Ticket' [Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures]
'Lottery Ticket' [Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures]

A further The Wire alumni, Gbenga plays one of The Deuce's most notorious pimps, using his physical prowess to intimidate his prostitutes. However, underneath his hard persona lies a more vulnerable, sensitive man.

  • Emily Meade As Lori
'Nerve' [Credit: Lionsgate]
'Nerve' [Credit: Lionsgate]

Little is known about Emily's role as Lori in The Deuce as of yet, although it seems likely that she will be playing a prostitute in Times Square .

  • Anwan Glover As Leon
'The Wire' [Credit: HBO]
'The Wire' [Credit: HBO]

Yet another familiar face from The Wire, we're yet to find out exactly what the nature of Anwan's The Deuce character, Leon, is like.

Where To Watch 'The Deuce' Online:

Confused as to where to watch The Deuce online? Well fret no more! As The Deuce is a HBO original, you will need a subscription to the cable entertainment channel to be able to stream it online. However, with Shows such as Game of Thrones, The Night Of and The Wire on its dazzling roster, getting a subscription might not be such a bad idea!

[Sources: Entertainment Weekly]