Michael Rispoli and Natalie Paul have been cast as series regulars on Deuce, HBO’s upcoming drama series starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Written by The Wire creator David Simon and longtime collaborator George Pelecanos and directed by Michelle MacLaren, The Deuce follows the HBO blue logostory of the legalization and subsequent rise of the porn industry in New York’s Times Square from the early 1970s through the mid-1980s, exploring the rough-and-tumble world that existed there until the rise of HIV, the violence of the cocaine epidemic, and the renewed real estate market ended the bawdy turbulence.

Rispoli plays Rudy Pipilo. A Gambino family capo running Midtown, Rudy represents the Mob’s financial interests in the sex business while indulging his personal interest in the women at its center. Paul plays Sandra Washington. Smart and hungry, Sandra is a driven newspaper reporter who probes the sex industry of Times Square from the street-level prostitutes and pimps to the moneyed investors and politicians who pull the strings.

Simon has recruited Paul for Deuce after giving the young actress her break with a starring role on his HBO miniseries Show Me a Hero. (She also did a 2-episode arc on the network’s Boardwalk Empire.)

Also co-starring in Deuce are Gary Carr, Margarita Levieva, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Dominique Fishback and Emily Meade. Simon, Pelecanos, Price, MacLaren and Franco serve as executive producers along with longtime Simon collaborator Nina K. Noble. Marc Henry Johnson, who was instrumental in documenting the story, is a producer, along with Gyllenhaal.

Rispoli, currently seen on AMC’s Feed the Beast, co-starred in the ABC mini-series Madoff opposite Richard Dreyfuss. He will next be seen in indie The Depths, Exposed with Keanu Reeves, Rob the Mob and Friends & Roman, which he also produced.

He is repped by Gersh and Principal Entertainment LA. Paul is repped by Gersh and attorney Lev Ginsburg.