Dustin Hoffman Hooks Up with HBO

March 2, 2010

Dustin Hoffman could be headed to the small screen in a new show by HBO. This is a pretty crazy turn of events -- has Hoffman ever done his own show before? If so, I can't remember when, so this is very exciting stuff. The show is called Luck and its creators are the esteemed David Milch and Michael Mann. This is a huge trio of talent!

Slash Film tells us that the Hoffman will play a man who recently got out of prison and is deep into horse racing. So, not the set-up you might expect from a guy who was the show runner for NYPD Blue and Deadwood. Still, this could ge good:

Dennis Farina was already in the cast, as the “driver and companion” to Hoffman’s character, and John Ortiz has been added as “a middle-aged Peruvian trainer.” He’s based on Julio Canani, a real trainer who has been a fixture on California’s racing scene for decades.

The wild card here isn't Hoffman, it's Michael Mann. Television seems like a strange medium for him to delve into, but that's not to say he's not up to it. Between Hoffman and Milch he'll have plenty of help making this an awesome show.

HBO might just have gotten way better -- not that it wasn't already pretty great.

So is your interest piqued now that Hoffman is going to have his own show? Or should he stick to what he does best, which is acting in movies?

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