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HBO Orders ‘Ballers’ to Series from Dwayne Johnson, Mark Wahlberg

HBO has ordered Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg’s half-hour project “Ballers” to series.

Series centers on a group of former and current football players and will star Johnson, marking his first major foray into TV series acting. Johnson will play a retired athlete, while other characters in “Ballers” include a highly spiritual pro athlete, financial adviser, sports agent, ESPN sideline reporter and ex-wife of a pro football player.

Steve Levinson — Wahlberg’s manager — penned the pilot for “Ballers” and exec produces alongside Johnson, Wahlberg, Evan Reilly, Dany Garcia and Peter Berg. Berg also helmed the “Ballers” pilot. Hiram Garcia is co-exec producing.

“Ballers” will be produced by HBO with Closest to the Hole Prods., Leverage Entertainment and White Buffalo Entertainment.

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