Pretty much everything about HBO's upcoming The Deuce sounds great. David Simon, journalist and creator of The Wire, is set to oversee the drama about the Times Square porn industry during the '70s and '80s, writing with frequent collaborator, crime novelist George Pelecanos. Michelle MacLaren, one of the best directors in the game, is behind the camera. And in front of that camera is... James Franco. The show will loosely jump off from the real-life story of twins who wound up as major players in the porn world of Times Square, which allows Variety, in an article explaining HBO's order for the series, to publish one of the funniest, scariest, and vaguely thrilling sentences in the English language all at the same time: "Franco will play both twins."

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