Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, the People’s Champ himself, is coming back to the world of Television. This time it will be to star in a half-hour dramadey on HBO.
According to The Hollywood Reporter “Ballers” will focus on a group of active and retired football players. Johnson will play the lead role of Spencer Stratsmore, a retired athlete. The other cast members include Omar Benson Miller (“CSI: Miami”) as Charles, an affable former pro athlete looking for a new career; Denzel Washington’s son and football player John David Washington as Ricky, a spiritual athelete; Rob Corrdry (“Children’s Hospital”) as Joe, a financial advisor trying to fit in; Troy Garity (“Sunshine”) as top-tier sports agent Jason; Former UCLA player Donovan Carter as Vernon, a pro athlete who is deeply family oritented; Jazmyn Simon (HBO’s “Hello Ladies”) as Julie, the wife of an ex-pro athelete; Taylor Cole (“The Green Hornet”) as Stephanie Michaels, an ESPN sideline reporter who is romantically involved with Spencer; and LeToya Luckett of Destiny’s Child as Tina, widow to one of Spencer’s closets friends.
“Entourage” executive producer Stephen Levinsion wrote the script and will serve as executive producers on the series alongside Johnson, Mark Wahlberg, Hiram Garcia, Evan Reily and Peter Berg. Reily will serve as show runner of the series and Peter Berg directed the pilot
An episode count and premiere date for the series has not yet been determined.
Levinson and Wahlberg are also producers on the HBO series “Boardwalk Empire”, “How to Make It In America” and “In Treatment.”
HBO hopes the series all draw a broad audience, which is something their comedies have not been very successful at doing.
Johnson’s upcoming projects include “Hercules,” “Fast & Furious 7” and the TNT reality series “Wake Up Call.”
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