Sally Field to play Jerry Buss’ mother Jessie in HBO’s 1980s Lakers drama series
Oscar winner Sally Field (Places in the Heart, Norma Rae, Lincoln) has joined Adam McKay’s HBO drama series centered on the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1980s, according to Variety. Field will portray Jessie Buss, the mother of Lakers owner Jerry Buss who is being played by John C. Reilly in the project. As a young single mother, Jessie instilled in her son a love of math, money, and good times. Decades later, her son is a successful businessman — but he turns to her as a trusted advisor and bookkeeper.
The Emmy and Golden Globe winner’s credits also include Steel Magnolias, Smokey and the Bandit, Forrest Gump, Brothers & Sisters, The Amazing Spider-Man 1 & 2, Hello, My Name is Doris, Little Evil, and most recently, Dispatches from Elsewhere, and Maniac.
The HBO series is described as chronicling the professional and personal lives of the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers, one of sports’ most revered and dominant dynasties, in what came to be called the Showtime Era.
The series also stars Adrien Brody as Pat Riley, John C. Reilly as Jerry Buss, Jason Clarke as Jerry West, Quincy Isaiah as Magic Johnson, Solomon Hughes as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Gaby Hoffmann as Claire Rothman, Hadley Robinson as Jeanie Buss, DeVaughn Nixon as Norm Nixon, Molly Gordon as Linda Zafrani, Rob Morgan as Earvin Johnson Sr., Spencer Garrett as Chick Hearn, Kirk Bovill as Donald Sterling, Delante Desouza as Michael Cooper, Stephen Adly Guirgis as Frank Mariani, Tamera Tomakili as Earletha ‘Cookie’ Kelly, and Joey Brooks as Lon Rosen.
Max Borenstein (The Terror, Kong: Skull Island, Godzilla vs. Kong) serves as writer and executive producer. Oscar winner Adam McKay (The Big Short, Vice) directed the pilot and executive produces through Hyperobject Industries. Kevin Messick of Hyperobject will also executive produce along with Jason Shuman. Jim Hecht co-wrote the story and will also executive produce. Scott Stephens will also executive produce along with Rodney Barnes.
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