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The Los Angeles Lakers are coming to HBO. Adam McKay’s untitled Lakers project, once called Showtime, chronicling the dynasty’s big personalities during its dominant run in the 1980s, is getting a series order at the premium cable network, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Not every high profile pilot gets the series treatment at HBO, as was the case with Steve McQueen’s Codes of Conduct, so the network must feel pretty strongly about this one.
Based on Jeff Pearlman’s book, Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s, the series boasts an impressive cast. John C. Reilly will play Lakers owner Jerry Buss, with Jason Clarke as general manager Jerry West. Thankfully, as far as the players are concerned, it found a talented athlete in Solomon Hughes to portray NBA icon Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Hughes played at UC-Berkeley and then joined the Harlem Globetrotters. Quincy Isaiah will star as Magic Johnson.
Members - Hadley - Robinson - Little - Women
Other cast members include Hadley Robinson (Little Women) as Buss’ daughter (and current Lakers controlling owner and president) Jeanie Buss, Spencer Garrett (Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood) as legendary broadcaster Chick Hearn, Kirk Bovill (Just Mercy) as Los Angeles Clippers...
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