12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen has recruited the film’s co-star Paul Dano for his HBO drama pilot Codes Of Conduct. Dano will co-star opposite Devon Terrell in the project — a provocative exploration of a young black man’s experience entering New York high society.

danomcqueenCo-written by McQueen and World War Z co-writer Matthew Michael Carnahan, Codes Of Conduct, centers on Beverly Snow (Terrell), a young man from Queens as talented as he is ambiguous. His self-confidence will enable him to break into the social circles of Manhattan’s elite, testing the boundaries of access and social mobility. Dano plays Jared Rotmensen, a hip yet altruistic entrepreneur who brings Beverly into his fold. Filming on the pilot starts in New York next week. McQueen and Carnahan executive produce with Russell Simmons, Iain Canning and Emile Sherman.

Dano, repped by WME and Anonymous Content, will next be seen as the lead in War And Peace for the BBC and The Weinstein Co. in January and in Bill Pohlad’s film Love & Mercy, which will be released by Roadside Attractions in June.