Maggie Gyllenhaal To Star In HBO’s THE DEUCE

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Maggie Gyllenhaal has been cast as the star of the HBO drama The Deuce alongside James Franco.

Maggie Gyllenhaal arrives at the 82nd Academy Awards March 7, 2010 in Hollywood. She was nominated for supporting actress for "Crazy Heart."

The Deuce follows the story of the legalization and subsequent rise of the porn industry in New York, exploring the scene that existed in midtown Manhattan and then its downfall as HIV appears, the violence of the cocaine epidemic and the renewed real estate market ended the bawdy turbulence.

Gyllenhaal is set to play Eileen Merrell, street name “Candy,” a Times Square hooker and veteran with an entrepreneurial bent who is drawn into the fledgling industry.