Ryder, Bernthal, Molina Join HBO’s “Hero”

Winona Ryder, Jon Bernthal and Alfred Molina have joined HBO and David Simon’s six-hour mini-series “Show Me a Hero” based on Lisa Belkin’s non-fiction book.

Set in Yonkers, New York in 1985, the story follows a young mayor (Oscar Isaac) faced with a federal court order that says he must build a small number of low-income housing units into the more affluent, mostly white neighborhoods of his town.

His attempt to do so tears the city apart, paralyzing the entire municipal government and destroying his political future.

Ryder will portray Vinni Restiano, a Yonkers councilwoman who lost her seat due to her vote, but staged a comeback four years later and won as City Council president.

Bernthal will play Michael H. Sussman, a Harvard-trained lawyer who represented the NAACP when it joined the government’s anti-segregation case against Yonkers.

Molina plays councilman Henry J. ‘Hank’ Spallone, a former Bronx detective who became the demagogic voice of the housing opponents.

Catherine Keener also stars as Mary Dorman, an East Yonkers homeowner who comes to a remarkable realization during the battle over where to locate the low-income housing.

Other cast members include James Belushi, Terry Kinney and Michael Stahl-David. Simon and William F. Zorzi will pen the script and Paul Haggis will produce. The trio will executive produce alongside Nina Noble and Gail Mutrux.

Source: The Live Feed