It looks like we’ll be seeing more of Method Man on the small screen.
Earlier this week, HBO released the first trailer of its upcoming series The Deuce. The drama is set in New York City in the 1970s-’80s and will focus on the rise and legalization of the porn industry. Method Man was tied to the project as far back as 2015 when the pilot was filmed. The 46-year-old rapper will join an ensemble cast that includes James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Carr, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., and Margarita Levieva.
According to IMDb, Method Man will play a character named Rodney, and will appear in eight episodes of the first season. The show was created by frequent collaborators David Simon and George Pelecanos, who will also serve as executive producers. Both men previously worked on The Wire, another HBO original series that also starred Method Man. In a 2015 interview with Collider, Simon discussed the show’s themes and what he hoped the series would accomplish.
“If it works, it will not be because it’s prurient. It will not be making porn to critique porn. And it won’t work because it’s puritan and sneering at the people that were there when that industry came together after the Supreme Court made it legal,” he explained. “It will work because it’s a story about human beings, and it’s a critique of market capitalism. That’s the purpose of the piece. It’s a product that didn’t exist, and then it existed. What happened to the human beings that made it come to be, and what was the cost of that? If we can affect that and stay on that fence, and not be either sneering at it or indulgent in it, it will be a worthwhile piece. If we don’t, then God help us.”
You can check out the trailer for The Deuce in the video below. The series is set to premiere Sept. 10 on HBO.