Bo Burnham and Jason Segel have joined Adam McKay’s star-studded Los Angeles Lakers series.
Promising Young Woman star Burnham will portray Boston Celtics legend Larry Bird in the HBO drama, which focuses on the basketball team’s 1980s dynasty, while Segel will tackle the role of Lakers assistant coach Paul Westhead.
Westhead was a Shakespeare professor before he left the job behind to become assistant coach of the iconic team, and is known for quoting passages from the playwright’s famous tales.
Based on Jeff Pearlman’s book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s, the project will also feature Michael Chiklis as Red Auerbach, Sally Field and John C. Reilly as owners Jessie and Jerry Buss, Adrien Brody as Lakers coach Pat Riley, and Jason Clarke as Jerry West, while Quincy Isaiah and Solomon Hughes will portray sports legends Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, respectively.
– Cover Media