HBO has announced that the new comedy series “Ballers” will kick off a 10-episode season starting on Sunday, June 21, at 10pm (it’s a 30-minute show).
Looking at the lives of former and current football players, “Ballers” follows former superstar Spencer Strasmore (played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) as he gets his life on track in retirement, while mentoring other current and former players through the daily grind of the business of football.
Omar Benson Miller, John David Washington (Denzel Washington’s son, in his first major acting role), Donovan Carter, Troy Garity, Rob Corrdry, Jazmyn Simon, and Arielle Kebble also star in the series, which is set in Miami, FL, and is created and executive produced by Steve Levinson, with executive producing duties by Mark Wahlberg, Peter Berg, Dany Garcia, Julian Farino, Evan Reilly and Rob Weiss.
As if Dwayne Johnson wasn’t already busy enough…
John David Washington is 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.
And Donovan Carter is also a former college football player as well.
Peter Berg directed 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.