Adrien Brody To Play Pat Riley In Adam McKay’s HBO Series About The Showtime Los Angeles Lakers

We haven’t heard much about Adam McKay’s HBO series about the Los Angeles Lakers since it was announce a couple of years ago. A lot of that has to do with COVID-19 putting a halt to many productions throughout 2020, but that’s beginning to change now, and a key role in the show has now been filled by Oscar-winner Adrien Brody. He better step his hair game up.

Variety reports Brody will play Los Angeles Lakers head coach Pat Riley in the drama series based on Jeff Pearlman’s book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s. 

Riley helped lead the Lakers to four NBA Championships, but it was his cool, stylish public persona and emphasis on fast-break basketball that really set him apart.

The cast for the show keeps getting better. As usual, McKay has rounded up a stellar group that includes John C. Reilly (who replaced Michael Shannon) as Jerry Buss, Jason Clarke as Jerry West, Quincy Isaiah as Magic Johnson, Solomon Hughes as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Gaby Hoffmann as Claire Rothman, Hadley Robinson as Jeanie Buss, DeVaughn Nixon as Norm Nixon, Molly Gordon as Linda Zafrani, Rob Morgan as Earvin Johnson Sr., Spencer Garrett as Chick Hearn, Kirk Bovill as Donald Sterling, Delante Desouza as Michael Cooper, Stephen Adly Guirgis as Frank Mariani, Tamera Tomakili as Earletha ‘Cookie’ Kelly, and Joey Brooks as Lon Rosen.

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