It would seem that urban development is a mini-theme on HBO at the moment. “True Detective” continues to take its case across the sprawl of California, while David Simon is gearing up to once again take viewers into the heart of a city. The latest project from the man behind “The Wire” is the miniseries “Show Me A Hero,” and the first trailer has landed.
Oscar Isaac takes the lead in this based-on-a-true-story tale playing the mayor of a mid-sized city who must follow through on a court order to build low income housing in a white neighborhood during the 1960s. As you might guess, sparks wind up flying. Here’s the official synopsis:
From creator David Simon (HBO’s “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.
The ensemble cast includes Catherine Keener, Alfred Molina, Jon Bernthal, Winona Ryder, James Belushi and more. “Show Me A Hero” debuts on Sunday, August 16th. Watch below.