Winona Ryder (The Iceman, Black Swan), Alfred Molina (Matador, Monday Mornings) and Jon Bernthal (The Wolf Of Wall Street, The Walking Dead) have been cast opposite Oscar Isaac and Catherine Keener in HBO’s six-hour miniseries Show Me A Hero from The Wire co-creator David Simon. Based on the nonfiction book by Lisa Belkin, it tells the story of Nick Wasicsko (Isaac), the youngest big-city mayor in the nation who finds himself thrust into the center of a racial controversy when a federal court orders him to build a small number of low-income housing units in the white neighborhoods of his town, Yonkers, N.Y.. His attempt to do so tears the city apart, paralyzes the municipal government and, ultimately, destroys his political future.
Ryder, repped by Gersh, Anonymous Content and Hirsch Wallerstein, will play Vinni Restiano, the Yonkers councilwoman and confidante to Wasicsko, who lost her seat after her housing vote only to stage a comeback four years later and become City Council president. Molina will play Councilman Henry J. “Hank” Spallone, a tough-talking ex-NYPD detective from the Bronx who became the demagogic voice of the housing opponents. Bernthal will play Michael H. Sussman, a hard-driving Harvard-trained lawyer who represented the NAACP when it joined the government’s anti-segregation case against Yonkers. Ryder recently wrapped feature Experimenter, opposite Peter Sarsgaard; Molina appears in Steve Carell’s TBS comedy pilot Angie Tribeca; and Bernthal will be seen in upcoming features Fury, Sicario Me, Earl And the Dying Girl and The Untitled Gerardo Naranjo Project.