HBO’s 1980s Lakers Pilot Casts Its Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

HBO’s 1980s Showtime Lakers pilot has added two more faces to its cast.

Quincy Isaiah and Solomon Hughes will star in the drama pilot as Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, respectively. They join previously announced cast members John C. Reilly and Jason Clarke.

Based on the Jeff Pearlman book “Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s,” the untitled show will dramatize the professional and personal lives of the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers, described in the series logline as “one of sports’ most revered and dominant dynasties-a team that defined its era, both on and off the court.”

Clarke stars in the pilot as Jerry West, the “cantankerous tortured genius of basketball” and one-time Lakers general manager. Reilly, who will play former Lakers owner Jerry Buss, took over the role earlier this week from Michael Shannon, who exited the project over creative differences.

“The Big Short’s” Adam McKay is director and executive producer on the pilot written by Max Borenstein. Jim Hecht, Jason Shuman, and Kevin Messick of McKay’s production company also executive produce alongside Scott Stephens and co-EP Rodney Barnes.

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