HBO's upcoming limited series, The Plot Against America has been in the works for a while now. The six-episode drama is an adaptation of Phillip Roth's alternative-history novel from David Simon and Ed Burns.
And while names like Anthony Boyle, Azhy Robertson and Caleb Malis were already roped in for the show, things just got bigger now. Acterss Winona Ryder of Stranger Things fame along with John Turturro has joined the cast.
According to a report in Hollywood Reporter, Plot Against America is set in an alternate American history and centers on a Jewish family in New Jersey who watch the political rise of Charles Lindbergh, an aviator hero and xenophobic populist who becomes president, defeating Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1940, and turns the country toward fascism.
Ryder (of Stranger Things, Simon's Show Me a Hero fame) will play Evelyn Finkel, an unmarried woman whose plans were arrested by 10 years of caring for her infirm mother. She's exhilarated by the sudden attention of a key Lindbergh supporter, Rabbi Lionel Bengelsdorf (Turturro). The rabbi becomes a key figure in Lindbergh's administration despite growing opposition from the larger Jewish community.
Simon and Burns are co-writing The Plot Against America and executive produce alongside Joe Roth, Simon's Blown Deadline Productions partner Nina Noble, Megan Ellison, Annapurna TV's Sue Naegle and Susan Goldberg and Jeff Kirschenbaum. Dennis Stratton and Philip Roth are co-exec producers.