Show Me a Hero

On the cusp of his biggest movie role yet, Oscar Isaac is making his first major foray into television. Isaac stars in Show Me a Hero, a new miniseries by The Wire creator David Simon and Crash director Paul Haggis, as real-life Yonkers, New York mayor Nick Wasicsko.

When a federal court demands that the city build low-income housing units within the city’s wealthier white neighborhoods, the city threatens to tear itself apart, and destroy Nick in the process. Catherine KeenerAlfred MolinaWinona RyderLaTanya Richardson-JacksonBob Balaban, and Jim Belushi also star. Watch the Show Me a Hero trailer after the jump.

HBO unveiled the Show Me a Hero trailer on YouTube.

Show Me a Hero debuts Sunday, August 16 on HBO with two episodes. The miniseries will consist of six episodes in total.

From creator David Simon (‘Treme’ and ‘The Wire’) and director Paul Haggis (‘Crash’), and based on the nonfiction book of the same name by Lisa Belkin, this six-part miniseries explores notions of home, race and community through the lives of elected officials, bureaucrats, activists and ordinary citizens in Yonkers, NY.

In an America generations removed from the greatest civil rights struggles of the 1960s, the young mayor (Oscar Isaac) of a mid-sized American city is faced with a federal court order that says he must build a small number of low-income housing units in the white neighborhoods of his town. His attempt to do so tears the entire city apart, paralyzes the municipal government and, ultimately, destroys the mayor and his political future.

In addition to Oscar Isaac, ‘Show Me a Hero’ stars Catherine Keener, Alfred Molina, Winona Ryder, LaTanya Richardson-Jackson, Bob Balaban and Jim Belushi. Directed by Paul Haggis; written by David Simon and William F. Zorzi; executive produced by David Simon, Nina K. Noble, Paul Haggis, Gail Mutrux and William F. Zorzi.

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