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Mike Epps, Mariama Diallo Join HBO’s 1980s Lakers Series As Richard Pryor and Iman

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The HBO Lakers series has added four more to its cast. Mike Epps, Mariama Diallo, Carina Conti, and Max E. Williams round out (we think) the cast of Adam McKay’s HBO L.A. Lakers drama series.

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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Epps plays Richard Pryor, the prolific and boundary-breaking comedian who lived the Hollywood dream, sometimes in excess. Diallo plays Iman, wife of Laker Spencer Haywood. Legendary supermodel Iman brought artistry to the runway and African beauty to the American masses.

Conti portrays Paula Abdul. Before she was a decade-defining pop star, Paula Abdul was just a high school student from the San Fernando Valley, moonlighting as the innovative choreographer for the Laker Girls. Williams is Jack Nicholson, icon, movie star… and one of the Lakers’ biggest courtside fans.

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. Edwin Hodge, Ta’Nika Gibson, Rory Cochrane, Danny Burstein, Austin Aaron, Terence Davis, and Ja’Quan Cole will star in the series.

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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