HBO – In Production – Treme

Exciting news for any fans of The Wire, David Simon, one of the creators of The Wire is currently working on a new project which is due to hit screens in April 2010.

That project is called Treme.

A teaser trailer has gone up on the HBO site:- http://www.hbo.com/events/treme/index.html

But for your convenience :-

Here is what I have managed to find out about Treme.

It is both set and named after a neighbourhood in New Orleans, in which most of the city’s musicians live.

The show was envisioned to focus on the working class Treme neighborhood in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Simon has stated that the series will explore beyond the music scene to encompass political corruption, the public housing controversy, the criminal-justice system, clashes between police and Mardi Gras Indians, and the struggle to regain the tourism industry after the storm.

The Wire star Wendell Pierce is a New Orleans native and will play Antoine Batiste, an accomplished trombonist.

Fellow Wire cast member, Clarke Peters will play the leader of a Mardi Gras Indian tribe who is trying to bring his people home.

Khandi Alexander will also star in the project as Ladonna Batiste, the estranged wife of Pierce’s character and a bar owner. She previously worked with Simon on the award-winning HBO miniseries The Corner.

Film actor Steve Zahn will play a dancer, DJ and band member with anger management issues. The role will showcase the actor’s singing and guitar playing talents.Zahn’s character is based on series consultant Davis Rogan and will share his first name.

Kim Dickens from HBO’s Deadwood will play a chef with a tumultuous relationship with Zahn’s character.

Rob Brown was cast as Delmond Lambreaux, a New York jazz musician and son of Peters’ character who reluctantly returns home.

Homicide star Melissa Leo was cast as a civil rights lawyer just before the pilot began filming in March 2009.

John Goodman was cast as her character’s college professor husband when the show started filming its season order, and scenes featuring him were added to the pilot.

The series casting mirrored that of The Wire in using local actors wherever possible. New Orleans native Phyllis Montana LeBlanc was cast as the girlfriend of Pierce’s character. LeBlanc was recommended for the project by director Spike Lee who had worked with her on the HBO Hurricane Katrina documentary When the Levees Broke.
Additionally, well-known New Orleans musician Kermit Ruffins will appear as himself in the pilot.

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