Don Cheadle and Andrew Rannells to star in Showtime pilot Ball Street
Showtime has ordered a pilot for the new half-hour comedy Ball Street, starring Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actor Don Cheadle (House of Lies) and Tony Award nominee and Grammy winner Andrew Rannells (Girls). Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (This is the End) will direct and executive produce the pilot. Ball Street was created by David Caspe (Happy Endings) and Jordan Cahan (My Best Friend’s Girl) who will serve as executive producers and showrunners. The pilot is looking at a February production start and is a co-production between Showtime and Sony Pictures Television Studios.
Ball Street takes us back to October 19, 1987 – aka Black Monday – the worst stock market crash in the history of Wall Street. To this day, no one knows who caused it. Until now… Ball Street is the story of how a group of outsiders took on the blue-blood, old-boys club of Wall Street and ended up crashing the world’s largest financial system, a Lamborghini limousine, Don Henley’s birthday party, and the glass ceiling.
“When the global economy incinerates itself, people always wonder why. Ball Street is a dream project rising from the ashes of that disaster,” David Nevins, President and CEO, Showtime Networks Inc. said. “In Don Cheadle and Andrew Rannells, we have two of the most dynamic performers in the world today – the question is which one of them lit the match. With Seth, Evan, David and Jordan at the helm, we are primed for the launch of something memorable.”
In Ball Street, Don Cheadle plays the role of Rod “The Jammer” Jaminski, a self-educated, self-made, self-destructive master of the universe whose firm the financial press called, “The L.A. Raiders of corporate raiders.” Rannells plays Blair Shmerman,a fresh-out-of-Wharton trading prodigy whose pure heart will struggle to survive Wall Street (from both a metaphoric and cocaine standpoint). Jammer’s top lieutenant, Dawn Darcy, has yet to be cast. Darcy is the first female head trader on the street, who’ll ride the second wave of feminism through a sea of horny millionaires.
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