Perfectly timed to the release of Adam McKay’s awards season dark comedy Don’t Look Up, HBO has revealed the trailer for his upcoming scripted sports series, Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty. That’s a new title, after it had been going under Showtime for the last few months. The series follows the Showtime Lakers era of the 1980s when the team won five NBA Championships using a flashy, run ‘n gun style.
The footage features an ’80s style color palette and also gives us a look at the cast, most of which are being seen for the first time. McKay favorite John C. Reilly plays former Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss, with Jason Clarke as GM Jerry West, newcomers Quincy Isaiah as Magic Johnson and Solomon Hughes as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, plus Gaby Hoffman, Rob Morgan, Jason Segel, Adrien Brody, Sally Field, sean Patrick Small as Larry Bird, Hadley Robinson, DeVaughn Nixon, Michael Chiklis, Julianne Nicholson, Lola Kirke, Tracy Letts, Edwin Hodge, Gillian Jacobs, and more.
Winning Time is based on Jeff Pearlman’s book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s. McKay is both director and exec-producer, with Max Borenstein on the scripts.
Look for Winning Time to hit HBO Max next March.