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Denzel Washington’s Son, John David Washington, Lands 1st Major Acting Role In HBO Pilot

by Natasha Greeves
October 22, 2013 10:35 AM
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Denzel Washington’s son John David Washington has booked his first major acting role, signing on as a regular on the HBO pilot Ballers - a project we first alerted you to in May, when it was announced that Dwayne Johnson would star in the half-hour dramedy which centers on the lives of retired athletes living in Miami. 

Johnson is an athlete himself (he played college football, and was a WWF star), as is John David Washington, also a former college football player who had a stint in the NFL and has now turned to acting, following in his father's (and sister's) footsteps.

John David Washington will play Ricky, who's described as a very competitive and spiritual professional athlete. 

Also Donovan Carter, a former college football player, has joined the cast as well, playing Vernon, a family-oriented professional athlete.

Ballers will be executive produced by Johnon's Pain & Gain co-star Mark Wahlberg, with Stephen Levinson (Entourage) penning the script and executive producing as well.

Peter Berg will direct the pilot, which HBO is aiming to shoot this fall.

Washington, the son, previously appeared in his father's 1992 drama, Malcolm X, in a small part, playing a student in a classroom. Meanwhile, his sister, Olivia Washington, recently appeared in Lee Daniels' The Butler.  

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  • Katie | October 26, 2013 2:27 PMReply

    "Ballers?" Really?! Pass. Tired of this stereotypical bullchit. All that money and leverage his Dad has you'd think he get better role or create his own content. smh.

  • D.C. Kirkwood | October 23, 2013 2:16 PMReply

    Why??? What will be the purpose of this show. Please explain. Next question, can we get a little more creative with our titles. "Ballers", a talk show named "The Real", like okay??? Viewing audiences already have enough of these kinds of shows with reality tv. These three actor/athletes might as well join the "Real House Husbands of Hollywood", with Kevin Hart. I am a big Dwayne Johnson fan, but after tuning in to his show on TNT the "Hero". I realized very quickly that TV, is not a good vehicle for him. I have a feeling this will be just as bad. Plus, who's going to pay to add HBO to their cable package just to view this show. Not going to happen.

  • Miles Ellison | October 23, 2013 7:56 AMReply

    Seems rather formulaic for HBO.

  • Britt | October 23, 2013 1:20 AMReply

    John David...that's a nice name...good for him.

  • Born | October 22, 2013 11:26 PMReply


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