Winona Ryder will embark on her â€œlargest TV commitment to date,â€ joining the Walking Deadâ€˜s Jon Bernthal and Alfred Molina for the new HBO miniseries Show Me A Hero, created by The Wireâ€˜s David Simon, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The six-hour show is based on Lisa Belkinâ€™s eponymous nonfiction book, which was billed as a â€œA Tale of Murder, Suicide, Race, and Redemptionâ€ when it was published in 1999. The protagonist of Show Me A Hero is Nick Wasicsko (Oscar Issac), the mayor of Yonkers, New York in the late 1980s who, to the detriment of his political career, was court-ordered to build 200 units of low-income public housing in a more upscale, whiter side of town. Ryder will play Vinni Restiano, a Yonkers councilwoman who loses her seat after her housing vote.
Ryder also joins actress Catherine Keener, who will portray Mary Dorman, an East Yonkers homeowner who comes to a â€œremarkable realizationâ€ of where to build the units. Bernthal will portray Michael H. Sussman, a top NAACP lawyer and Molina will play councilman Henry J. â€œHankâ€ Spallone, an anti-housing advocate and former NYPD detective from the Bronx.