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James Franco Will Star in David Simon's HBO Pilot About the Porn Industry

James Franco has just landed the role he was born to play. The General Hospital alum will star as twin porn kingpins in The Deuce, David Simon's (The Wire) new HBO pilot about the rise of New York's sex industry, TV Line reports.

The Deuce is set in the 1970s and '80s against the backdrop of Times Square and will chronicle the legalization of the porn industry through the rise of HIV and emergence of cocaine as the drug of choice among city dwellers. Franco's characters are based on real-life twin brothers who were key players in the Mob's takeover of the adult entertainment industry. He will also be executive-producing.

Simon is reuniting with George Pelecanos (The WireTreme) to co-write the pilot. This is just one of the pilots Simon is developing for HBO, the other being a modern-day drama set on Capitol Hill that he's co-producing with Carl Bernstein and Ed Burns. The Deuce is set to begin production later this year in New York.

Would you watch The Deuce?

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