Paul Dano joins Steve McQueen's pilot for HBO

After appearing in Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave," Paul Dano is to co-star in the TV drama "Codes of Conduct" helmed by the British director, according to Deadline.

"Codes of Conduct" will follow Beverly Snow, a young, ambitious and talented man from Queens who'll try to conceal his past and his social origins to break into the Manhattan elite.

Dano, who came to fame with "Little Miss Sunshine," will join Devon Terrell, the newcomer set to take the lead role.

Academy Award-winner Steve McQueen will direct this pilot, his first TV project. He also took part in the writing process, helped by Matthew Michael Carnahan ("World War Z").

Filming starts this week in New York.