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Margarita Levieva To Star In HBO Drama Pilot ‘The Deuce’; Two Others Cast

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Margarita Levieva (Revenge) has landed a co-lead opposite James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal in David Simon’s HBO drama pilot The Deuce. Also cast in the project, a narrative set in the Times Square demimonde of the 1970s and ’80s, are Lawrence Gilliard Jr. (The Walking Dead) and Dominique Fishback (HBO’s Show Me a Hero).

"Show Me A Hero" New York PremiereAMC Celebrates The Season 5 Premiere Of "The Walking Dead" - ArrivalsThe Deuce follows the story of the legalization and subsequent rise of the porn industry in New York, exploring the rough-and-tumble world that existed in midtown Manhattan until the rise of HIV, the violence of the cocaine epidemic and the renewed real estate market ended the bawdy turbulence.

Levieva will play Abigail “Abby” Parker, an adventurous college student who strikes up a relationship with nightclub owner Vincent Martino (Franco) who has ties to the burgeoning sex industry of early ’70s Times Square. Gilliard plays Chris Alston, an NYPD patrolman working midtown Manhattan. Fishback plays Darlene, a young, sweet-natured prostitute who’s trying to survive on the street while under the thumb of a volatile, violent pimp. Gyllenhaal plays Eileen Merrell, a Times Square hooker whose street name is Candy.

The Deuce is written and executive produced by Simon and George Pelecanos, and directed by Michelle MacLaren (Breaking Bad), who also exec produces with Nina K. Noble and Richard Price. Marc Henry Johnson, who was instrumental in documenting the story, is a producer.

Levieva, repped by UTA and Silver Lining Entertainment, was recently seen in the features The Diary of a Teenage Girl and Sleeping with Other People. Gilliard is repped by Innovate Artists and Thruline Entertainment; Fishback is with Don Buchwald & Associates and Schreck Rose.

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16 Comments

  1. Katyaon Oct 1, 2015 4:59 pm

    Margarita Levieva? Couldn’t they have found someone better?? And someone maybe who looked like she had a chance of being a college student

    • bluefooon Oct 18, 2015 4:55 am

      Wow lady, meow to you too. Sheathe those claws and go to work on yourself. You’re nasty and unpleasant.

  2. ATon Oct 1, 2015 5:06 pm

    Margarita has been wasted on network TV. She’s going to be electric in this and it couldn’t happen to a better person.

    • Katie T.on Oct 1, 2015 5:30 pm

      agreed. that allegiance show was horrible im excited to see this

    • VJMon Oct 1, 2015 5:55 pm

      Well, it would be interesting if she was electric in something…anything…because so far she’s given the same performance over and over and over. But hey, maybe a 35 year old “student” will finally do the trick.

    • Chrison Oct 2, 2015 6:14 am

      Completely agreed. Margarita’s talent cannot be encompassed on Network Television. Her chops will shine on cable. Allegiance was a train wreck. Her mistake was signing on to that crap project.

  3. Katie T.on Oct 1, 2015 5:28 pm

    the name makes me think of a pile of poop not a sexy drama i do sort of agree that she looks a little old to play a college student but i liked her in revenge

  4. TeamDisgustedon Oct 1, 2015 6:50 pm

    Eesh. Welcome to the most misogynistic comment thread ever.

  5. Andrew Lon Oct 1, 2015 6:56 pm

    Probably worth noting that the plan is for the show to cover a 15-year period in only three seasons, so they’re probably not all that concerned about casting to age.

    • Murdockraisi@gmail.comon Oct 1, 2015 10:43 pm

      You would still hope they would get someone with talent.

  6. reenamat3@yahoo.comon Oct 1, 2015 10:45 pm

    I checked out when I read Margarita Levieva since I can’t stand her dead-behind-the-eyes, pouty, blow-up doll-who-can-speak thing. But I really checked out when I read James Franco. Was the casting director trying to pick the worst people in the business?

  7. KevinYon Oct 2, 2015 12:54 am

    Best news ever! I love her!

  8. Hollis Mulwrayon Oct 2, 2015 6:29 am

    Fishback was impressive in HBO’s HERO.

  9. Cartmanon Oct 2, 2015 7:11 am

    Lawrence Gilliard Jr.(The Walking Dead)?? Really? For someone who has been on The Wire is really a disgrace to be remembered as “that guy on The Walking Dead), especially in a news like this, that basically says David Simon and Larry Gilliard Jr. are reuniting for the first time in 13 years.

    • bluefooon Oct 18, 2015 5:00 am

      Agreed. This is literally someone who didn’t watch David Simon’s The Wire, and just looked at this latest casting news as ‘Oh!! A young white actress is cast!! As usuallYippee!!.. …oh..and um…two black people’ Seriously, that’s how it reads. How are you gonna bury ‘D’angelo Barksdale?’

  10. Anonymouson Oct 9, 2015 11:57 am

    COLLEGE student?!! Are they kidding?