HollywoodReporter.com — Based on the book by Lisa Belkin, six-hour mini “Show Me a Hero” marks “The Wire” and “Treme” alum’s latest exploration of race in America.
The premium cable network has greenlit miniseries Show Me a Hero, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Crash’s Paul Haggis will direct, with Oscar Isaac (Drive, Star Wars: Episode VII) and Catherine Keener (Captain Phillips) attached to star in the six-hour entry.
Based on the nonfiction book by Lisa Belkin, Show Me a Hero explores notions of home, race and community through the lives of elected officials, bureaucrats, activists and ordinary citizens in Yonkers, N.Y. Simon and William F. Zorzi will pen the script and executive produce alongside Nina Noble, Gail Mutrux and Haggis, who will direct via The Wire creator’s A Blown Deadline banner.
Show Me a Hero is set in an America generations removed from the greatest civil rights struggles of the 1960s. It centers on the young mayor of a midsize American city who 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 whole city apart, paralyzes the entire municipal government and, ultimately, destroys the mayor and his political future.
Isaac will star as Nick Wasicsko, the youngest big-city mayor in the nation, who finds himself thrust into the center of a racial controversy. Keener will portray Mary Dorman, an East Yonkers homeowner who comes to a remarkable realization during the battle over where to build low-income housing.