What would America have become if FDR never won the presidency? Well, that’s a question that HBO’s upcoming series, “The Plot Against America” attempts to answer. Based on the Phillip Roth novel of the same name, the new HBO six-part miniseries tells the story of an alternate version of American history — one where the xenophobic populist Charles Lindbergh becomes president and guides America towards fascism. “The Plot Against America” is told from the perspective of a working-class Jewish-American family.
Winona Ryder leads the cast as Evelyn Finkel, a woman who becomes increasingly intoxicated by the attention of Rabbi Lionel Bengelsdorf, a key Lindbergh supporter played by John Tuturro. Bengelsdorf plays a vital role in Lindbergh’s administration, despite the growing opposition within the Jewish community. Rounding out the cast is Zoe Kazan, who plays Evelyn’s younger sister Bess Levin. Unlike Evelyn, Bess fears for the future and plans a possible escape route for her family.
“The Plot Against America,” comes from David Simon and Ed Burns, better known as the people behind HBO’s “The Wire.” Given that show’s massive critical acclaim and legacy, this miniseries appears to be in good hands. The duo will serve as both writers and executive producers on the miniseries.
“The Plot Against America” imagines an alternate American history told through the eyes of a working-class Jewish family in New Jersey. The story follows the family as they watch the political rise of Charles Lindbergh, an aviator-hero and xenophobic populist, who becomes president and turns the nation towards fascism.
“The Plot Against America” is expected to drop on HBO in 2020, but no word on an exact premiere date yet. Take a look at the newest trailer below.