Michael Chiklis portrays Red Auerbach on the HBO series Lakers
The cast for HBO’s drama series, which centered around the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1980s, continues to grow as Michael Chiklis joined the Guard to play Red Auerbach, according to Deadline. Arnold Jacob “Red” Auerbach was the legendary basketball coach of the Boston Celtics and won nine NBA championships. Auerbach won seven other championships as general manager, and when the rise of the Lakers “threatens to destroy his Boston dynasty, Auerbach proves to be the basketball genius and breakneck competitor of Laker fanatics’ nightmares.”
Emmy and Golden Globe winner Chiklis is best known for playing Vic Mackey The shield. His credits also include coyote, Fantastic Four, American horror story, Gotham, The commish, Vegas, and more. He will next appear in Adam McKay’s comedy Don’t look up.
Since I grew up in the Boston area and have lived in LA for 30 years, this is a particularly special appearance and role. Especially with this group of people. #Grateful https://t.co/KpIR53GiXr via @Deadline
– Michael Chiklis (@MichaelChiklis) March 19, 2021
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The HBO series will chronicle the professional and personal lives of the Los Angeles Lakers of the 1980s, one of the sport’s most revered and dominant dynasties, in what is known as the Showtime era. The untitled series is based on the book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s written by Jeff Pearlman. Max Borenstein (The terror, Kong: Skull Island, Godzilla versus Kong) serves as writer and executive producer. Oscar winner Adam McKay (The big short, Vice) ran the pilot and executive productions through Hyperobject Industries.
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The series also stars Adrien Brody as Pat Riley, John C. Reilly as Jerry Buss, Sally Field as Jessie 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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Hyperobject’s Kevin Messick will co-produce executive productions with Jason Shuman. Jim Hecht helped write the story and will also be executive producer. Scott Stephens will also co-produce Executive Productions with Rodney Barnes.
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