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HBO Orders Dwayne Johnson's 'Ballers' To Series (Omar Benson Miller, LeToya Luckett, Others Star)

by Tambay A. Obenson
February 14, 2014 12:46 PM
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Dwayne Johnson

HBO has ordered Dwayne Johnson's Ballers to series - the half-hour dramedy project we first alerted you to in May.

Johnson (an athlete himself - he played college football, and was a WWF star), will star in a series which centers on the lives of retired athletes living in Miami. 

He'll be joined by Omar Benson Miller, John David Washington (Denzel Washington’s son in his first major acting role), Rob Corddry, Troy Garity, Donovan Carter, Jazmyn Simon, Taylor Cole and LeToya Luckett.

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.

Also Donovan Carter, a former college football player as well, joins the cast as well.

Ballers is 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 is directing the pilot.

By the way, there's also a comedy feature film titled Ballers on the horizon, which Kevin Hart has signed up to star in opposite NBA pro LeBron James, in a comedy feature, set up at Universal Pictures, with Imagine Entertainment's Brian Grazer and Michael Rosenberg producing. The film will follow a man (Hart) who really wants to be known as something other than the brother of an NBA superstar (James), and gets his chance to prove himself when he and some friends attend a fantasy basketball camp in Miami. Naturally, hijinx and hilarity ensue.

Ballers on the big and small screen, coming soon.

Johnson also has a new project set up at TNT titled Wake Up Call (working title), a reality TV series in which he'll lend a helping hand to everyday people who are facing enormous challenges in their lives. 

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  • Formerly From Tokyo | February 20, 2014 3:59 PMReply

    This isn't usually my thing, but I might check it out. As a former fan, it's WWE, not WWF.

  • Anonymous | February 15, 2014 3:41 PMReply

    Is this supposed to be the black answer to the uber-fabulous "Entourage."

    Meh for me. I'll pass.

  • Jason | February 15, 2014 12:14 AMReply

    So Letoya Luckett said F**K it to her music and just co-star on cable tv shows..this will be her 4th show...well get them checks girl...

  • JD | February 15, 2014 1:17 AM

    Actually she just premiered a new song on Single Ladies a few days ago called "Don't Make Me Wait" which is a hot banger, it's available on itunes. She is releasing a first single in the next month or so and album should be out by Spring of this year.....she announced album title as "Until Then".

  • J | February 14, 2014 4:14 PMReply

    Although I'm usually up for some Dwayne Johnson eye candy, I think that I'll pass on this series.

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