The six-part miniseries The Plot Against America, starring Winona Ryder, Zoe Kazan and John Turturro premieres on Fox Showcase next month.
Based on the acclaimed novel by Philip Roth and created by the team behind The Wire, The Plot Against America imagines an alternate American history told through the eyes of a working-class Jewish family in New Jersey in 1940. 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 stunning ensemble cast includes Academy Award nominee Winona Ryder as Evelyn Finkel. Evelyn is unmarried, her plans arrested by 10 years of caring for her infirm mother and is hungry to find her own place in life. The sudden attentions of a key Lindbergh supporter – the politically ascendant clergyman, Rabbi Lionel Bengelsdorf – are exhilarating and transformational for her.
Zoe Kazan portrays Elizabeth “Bess” Levin, younger sister to Evelyn. An insightful mother and homemaker, who fears for the future as she tries to protect her family from the escalating political climate and plan a possible escape from the forces that seem to be threatening her world.
Emmy winner John Turturro stars as Rabbi Lionel Bengelsdorf, a conservative rabbi from South Carolina where he gained his first synagogue pulpit and became a widower with the death of his affluent wife. Bengelsdorf seizes the reins of history to become a key figure in the emergent Lindbergh administration, despite growing opposition within the Jewish community.
The cast also includes Morgan Spector, Anthony Boyle, Azhy Robertson, Caleb Malis.
The Plot Against America is an HBO series and is exclusive in Australia to Foxtel. The six-part miniseries will air on Tuesdays at 8.30pm AEDT, streaming on Foxtel and screening on FOX SHOWCASE.