Film & TV

Miami's Oscar Isaac Cast in New HBO Miniseries

Oscar Isaac is a very busy man. The Guatemalan-Cuban heartthrob is not only currently filming the latest Star Wars installment, he also has two films slated to be released later this year. One is a thriller with Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year, and the other is also a thriller, Mojave, in which he stars alongside Mark Wahlberg and Garrett Hedlund.

But if one wants to completely take over Tinseltown, there's one medium he must conquer: television.

Entertainment Weekly shared the news this week that Isaac and another Miami native, Catherine Keener, will be starring in a miniseries on HBO with showrunner David Simon of The Wire.

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Based on the non-fiction book Show Me a Hero, by former New York Times reporter Lisa Belkin, the premise of the show deals with the housing market and segregation in the late 1980s.

"Directed by Paul Haggis, the six-hour series follows the struggles of a young mayor ordered by the federal court to build low-income housing units in the city's white neighborhoods - an effort that tears apart the city, the government, and ultimately the mayor himself. The series will explore the ideas of home, race, and community through its portrayal of ordinary citizens, elected officials, bureaucrats, and activists," reports EW.

Isaac has been cast as Nick Wasicsko, the city's mayor, and Keener is set to play Mary Dorman, an East Yonkers homeowner.

Sounds like Isaac will continue to show audiences his vast range as he works towards that shiny statue-man with the same name. If an Oscar might not be in his near-future, perhaps there's hope for an Emmy!

The overall theme of this new miniseries might not sound instantly appealing, but Simon has a hell of a track record when it comes to writing and producing quality television with shows like The Wire, Generation Kill, and Treme under his belt for the network.

Always remember: it's not just TV, it's HBO.

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Carolina del Busto is a freelance writer for Miami New Times. She nurtured her love of words at Boston College before moving back home to Miami and has been covering arts and culture in the Magic City since 2013.