“The Plot Against America” Adds Seven to its Cast

Winona Ryder. Photo by Matt Baron/REX/Shutterstock (9476267df)

The Plot Against America has assembled its cast. 

Winona Ryder (Stranger Things), Zoe Kazan (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs), Morgan Spector (Homeland), Anthony Boyle (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), Azhy Robertson, Caleb Malis and John Turturro (The Night Of) have been tapped to star in the HBO miniseries from David Simon and Ed Burns.

The limited series is based on Philip Roth’s novel. The six-part series will imagine an alternate American history told through the eyes of a working-class Jewish family in New Jersey, as they watch the political rise of Charles Lindbergh — an aviator-hero and xenophobic populist, who having defeated Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1940, becomes president and turns the nation toward fascism.

Kazan is Elizabeth “Bess” Levin, an insightful mother and homemaker, fears for the future as she tries to protect her family from the escalating political climate and plan a possible escape. Ryder is Evelyn Finkel. The older sister to Bess, Evelyn is unmarried, her plans arrested by 10 years of caring for her infirm mother.

Spector is Herman Levin, the proud and opinionated father works as an insurance agent and tries to maintain normalcy in the life of his family. Boyle is Alvin Levin, the angry and intelligent orphaned nephew to Herman.

Malis is Sandy Levin, the Levin family’s artistic teenage son and Robertson portrays Philip Levin, the family’s youngest. Turturro portrays Rabbi Lionel Bengelsdorf, a conservative rabbi, a key Lindbergh supporter.

Simon and Burns are co-writing the script. The duo is also executive producing along with Joe Roth, Nina K. Noble, Megan Ellison, Sue Naegle, Susan Goldberg, and Jeff Kirschenbaum.