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Edwin Hodge, Ta’Nika Gibson Among 7 Added to Cast of HBO’s 1980s Lakers Series

1980s Lakers series

HBO’s 1980s Lakers series has a very, very full cast and it has added seven more.

Edwin Hodge, Ta’Nika Gibson, Rory Cochrane, Danny Burstein, Austin Aaron, Terence Davis, and Ja’Quan Cole have recently been added to the cast.

The untitled series based on Jeff Pearlman’s book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s.

The untitled 1980s Lakers series will chronicle the professional and personal lives of the 1980s Lakers, one of sports’ most revered and dominant dynasties — a team that defined its era both on and off the court. The series is written by Max Borenstein and executive producer by Adam McKay who is also directing the pilot. McKay’s Hyperobject Industries is producing.

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Hodge will play Ron Boone, a tough, crafty NBA veteran and Gibson will portray Debbie Allen, A bright young star reaching new heights in her career. Allen would go on to marry Norm Nixon.

Cochrane will play Jerry Tarkanian. The blustery, colorful, infamous coach of the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels, Jerry Tarkanian has a reputation for winning at all costs. Even if it means not necessarily playing by the rules.

Burstein is Vic Weiss, the manager and childhood best friend of Jerry Tarkanian. Aaron will portray Mark Landsberger, a hulking, lovable oaf. Davis is cast as Adrian Dantley, a stylish NBA All-Star destined for the Hall of Fame. Cole will portray Ron Carter: A hard-working NBA veteran.

Borenstein executive produces the series with McKay, who directs the pilot, and Kevin Messick for Hyperobject Industries. Jim Hecht is co-writer of story and executive produces along with Jason Shuman, Scott Stephens, and Rodney Barnes.

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Harris joins the already announced very heavily cast of the LA Lakers HBO drama series:

Wood Harris, Gillian Jacobs, Tracy Letts, and Julianne Nicholson as well as Jimel Atkins, LisaGay Hamilton, and Andy Hirsch. Brett Cullen, Lola Kirke, Sarah Ramos, Jason Segel , Michael Chiklis, and Sally Field were also cast.

The 1980 Lakers series also added Adrien Brody, John C. Reilly, Jason Clarke, Quincy Isaiah, and Solomon Hughes. Gaby Hoffmann, Hadley Robinson, DeVaughn Nixon, Molly Gordon, Rob Morgan, Spencer Garrett, and Kirk Bovill. Rounding out the cast is Delante Desouza, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Tamera Tomakili, Joey Brooks  and Bo Burnham.

No release date or official title has been given as of now.

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