*Dwayne Johnson is headed to HBO for his first major series gig.
The pay cable network has picked up to series half-hour pilot “Ballers,” featuring the wrestling and movie star in the story of a group of former and current football players.
Johnson stars as Spencer Strasmore, a retired athlete. The cast includes Omar Benson Miller as Charles, an affable former pro athlete who is searching for his next career; Denzel Washington’s son John David Washington as Ricky, a highly competitive and highly spiritual pro athlete; Rob Corddry as Joe, a financial advisor who tries really hard to fit in; Troy Garity as Jason, a top-tier sports agent; Donovan Carter as Vernon, a deeply family-oriented pro athlete; Jazmyn Simon as Julie, wife of an ex-pro athlete; Taylor Cole as Michaels, an ESPN sideline reporter who is romantically involved with Spencer; and LeToya Luckett as Tina, widow to one of Spencer’s closest friends.
*Dwayne Johnson has graduated from WWE Superstar to Hollywood’s most bankable star.
Dwayne Johnson attends the “Pain & Gain” premiere on April 11, 2013 in Miami Beach, Florida
*Dwayne Johnson is attached to star in Relativity’s upcoming deep-sea survival pic “Not Without Hope,” reports Deadline.com.
The film tells the true story of Nick Schuyler and his three friends – including NFL players Marquis Cooper and Corey Smith and ex-college athlete Will Bleakley – whose fishing trip went awry, leaving the foursome adrift off the coast of Florida in 2009.
Johnson will play Schuyler, whose best-selling memoirs form the true-story basis of the film.
Johnson, Dany Garcia, Relativity’s Tucker Tooley, and French/West/Vaughan’s Rick French are executive producing.
*Dwayne Johnson is attached to star in MGM’s action project “Seal Team 666,” reports Deadline.com.
Based on the book by Weston Ochse, the project follows an elite group of Navy SEALs who battle demons and assorted threats and discover that there’s a greater supernatural force bent on destroying the world.
Johnson will also executive produce the feature along with Dany Garcia, as well as Brendan Deneen and Peter Joseph of Macmillan Films.
Evan Spiliotopoulos, who penned MGM’s upcoming Johnson-starring action adventure movie “Hercules,” wrote the screenplay for the adaptation. Hiram Garcia, a former assistant to Johnson, will produce “Seal Team 666,” which is in development and has no director at this stage.
Johnson recently wrapped “Hercules,” directed by Brett Ratner, and the movie is set for a July 25, 2014, release. The actor is now shooting “Fast & Furious 7.”
*Denzel Washington‘s son John David Washington is following in his father’s footsteps with his first major acting role, signing on as a regular in the HBO pilot “Ballers” toplined by Dwayne Johnson.
The dramedy chronicles the lives of several Miami-based athletes. Also cast in the half-hour dramedy is former Bruins player Donovan Carter.
Washington will play Ricky, a highly competitive and highly spiritual pro athlete. Carter will play Vernon, a deeply family oriented pro athlete.
Washington, whose only previous acting credit is a small part in his dad’s 1992 movie “Malcolm X,” played football in college and did a stint with NFL’s St. Louis Rams.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson attends the premiere of Paramount Pictures’ “G.I. Joe:Retaliation” at TCL Chinese Theatre on March 28, 2013 in Hollywood
*Dwayne Johnson has just closed a deal to star in the forthcoming earthquake disaster movie, “San Andreas.”
The former wrestler will play a rescue helicopter pilot attempting to keep his estranged daughter from harm during a California quake, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
He would reteam with helmer Brad Peyton, who directed him in “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” for the project, which is set for released in 2015.
Johnson is coming off a banner year in which his appearances in “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” “Fast & Furious 6” and “Pain & Gain” generated more than $1.1 billion at the global box office.
He is currently filming “Fast & Furious 7” after recently completing the shoot for “Hercules: The Thracian Wars,” directed by Brett Ratner.