According to Deadline, Maggie Gyllenhaal has signed on as the female lead in David Simon’s upcoming ‘70s porn drama The Deuce. The project is set among the seedy porn theaters and peep shows of ungentrified Times Square; Gyllenhaal will play a hooker named Candy looking to get ahead in the adult-film industry. Yes, it’s yet another in HBO’s long line of prostitute roles, but since this is David Simon, the character will at least have plenty of things to say about the inherently fallible nature of manmade institutions. Gyllenhaal will be joined in the series by James Franco, who, naturally, is playing twins.
Maggie Gyllenhaal. Photo: Steve Granitz/Getty Images