Dustin Hoffman Finds Luck at HBO

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Dustin Hoffman has signed to topline HBO’s horse racing drama pilot “Luck,” from Michael Mann and David Milch. It will be the Oscar winner’s first major TV series.

The following is how the project is described:

The project is described as a provocative look at the worlds of horseracing and gambling told through a diverse group of characters surrounding a racetrack.

It centers on an intelligent, intuitive tough man (Hoffman) who always has been involved with gambling, from bookmaking and money laundering to casino operations.

Recently released from prison after four years, he teams with Gus Economou (Dennis Farina), his longtime chauffeur and muscle, to craft a complex plan involving the track. They recruit Turo Escalante (John Ortiz), a successful trainer with a sordid reputation.

Milch wrote the pilot, which Mann is directing. Filming is expected to star in the spring in Los Angeles.

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