A teaser trailer has popped up online that gives us a little peek at the upcoming HBO series Boardwalk Empire. HBO puts on top notch programming, but this series has a little extra incentive for you to tune into the pilot episode because it was directed by none other than Martin Scorsese.
Using the Nelson Johnson's novel Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times and Corruption of Atlantic City as a jumping off point, Sopranos scribe Terence Winter expands on and explores Atlantic City in the roaring 1920's. To kick-off the series with a bang, the pilot episode takes place on January 16, 1920, the day Prohibition took effect. So we're sure to be taken on a ride though speakeasies, early American excess and organized crime.
The Playlist broke down the cast nicely, with the series starring Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson, who is based on the real life person Enoch "Nucky" Johnson, the "boss" of the Republican political machine that controlled Atlantic City from 1911 to 1941. Gretchen Mol (3:10 to Yuma, The Notorious Bettie Page) also stars as a showgirl involved with Nucky; Dabney Coleman plays his mentor and Michael K. Williams (The Wire) playing somebody named Chalky White. Michael Pitt, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham, and Stephen Graham round out the cast.
Everyone involved is about as seasoned as they come, so I think we've got a sure fire winner here. Boardwalk Empire premieres this fall on HBO.
Check out the teaser trailer and let us know if you'll be tuning in.