HBO offers first look at Dwayne Johnson in ‘Ballers’


HBO has already created a lot of buzz this week with the much-anticipated season premiere of Game of Thrones coming this Sunday and its release of a new trailer for True Detective’s second season. Now the network has unveiled the first trailer for its new Dwayne Johnson-led series Ballers, which appears to be a hybrid of Any Given SundayEntourage, and Friday Night Lights. The 30-minute dramedy will begin its 10-episode run in June.

The Miami-set show will center on a former football superstar (Johnson) who reinvents himself after retirement by mentoring current and former players on the art of surviving the business of football. The series also stars Rob Corddry, Rmar Benson Miller, Donovan Carter, Troy Garity, Jazmyn Simon, Arielle Kebble, and John David Washington, who is a former college football player and the son of Denzel Washington. Friday Night Lights alum Peter Berg helmed the pilot and shares executive producing duties with Mark Wahlberg.

HBO is debuting Ballers on Sunday, June 21 at 10 p.m., immediately following the season premiere of True Detective.

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