With an opening line by F. Scott Fitzgerald that reads, “Show me a hero, and I’ll write you a tragedy,” things likely won’t end well for Nick Wasicsko.
HBO released the first full-length trailer for its new six-episode miniseries, Show Me a Hero, on Saturday. The show is written by The Wire creator David Simon and Crash director Paul Haggis and appears to emanate a similar tone.
In the real-life story, Isaac plays Wasicsko, an ex-cop who runs for public office to curb housing segregation in Yonkers, New York. He eventually became the youngest big-city mayor in the United States. Judging from the trailer, the idealistic Wasicsko will face heaps of resistance and blowback by Alfred Molina’s Henry J. Spallone and more.
Simon’s miniseries is adapted from the 1999 book of the same name Lisa Belkin. The first two episodes debut Aug. 16 at 8 p.m. ET on HBO.
Watch the trailer above.