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Brett Cullen & Lola Kirke Join HBO’s 1980s L.A. Lakers Series

EXCLUSIVE: Brett Cullen (Joker) will play former NBA star and Lakers head coach Bill Sharman, and Lola Kirke (Mozart in the Jungle) will portray Jerry West’s wife Karen in Adam McKay’s Los Angeles Lakers HBO drama series, based on Jeff Pearlman’s book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s. McKay’s Hyperobject Industries is producing.

Written by Max Borenstein, the fast-break series chronicles the professional and personal lives of the 1980s Lakers, one of sports’ most revered and dominant dynasties — a team that defined its era both on and off the court.
Cullen’s Bill Sharman is the ultimate renaissance man: a collegiate basketball champion and four-time NBA champion, with a short stint as a Major League Baseball player, a career as one of the most influential NBA coaches of all time, and a third career as legendary GM of the Lakers. He even once punched a shark in the face, while on vacation in Acapulco. But as he begins to feel his age and lose his voice, he must consider his future – and the fKirke’s Karen West might be married to one of basketball’s biggest legends, but she sees the real Jerry West – and loves him for who he is, not his many accolades.

Cullen and Kirke join previously announced cast Sarah Ramos as Cheryl Pistono, Jason Segel as Paul Westhead, Michael Chiklis as Red Auerbach, Sally Field as Jessie Buss, 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, Joey Brooks as Lon Rosen and Bo Burnham as Larry Bird.

Borenstein executive produces the series with McKay, who directs the pilot, and Kevin Messick for Hyperobject Industries. Jim Hecht is co-writer of story and executive produces along with Jason Shuman, Scott Stephens and Rodney Barnes.

Cullen was most recently seen on the big screen in the iconic role of Thomas Wayne in Todd Phillip’s Joker. His previous roles include Barton Blaze in the 2007 feature adaptation of Marvel’s Ghost Rider and as a congressman in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Rises. His recent TV credits include The Blacklist, True Detective and Narcos. He’s repped by Domain and Lovett Management.uture of the team he loves.


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Steve Buscemi, Lola Kirke, Chris Messina Join ‘Three Sisters’ Ensemble

Tony Award winner Sam Gold will direct the new Chekhov adaptation by Clare Barron, with previously announced stars Greta Gerwig and Oscar Isaac.
Steve Buscemi will make a rare return to the New York stage this spring, playing Chebutykin opposite previously announced leads Greta Gerwig and Oscar Isaac in a major off-Broadway production of Chekhov’s Three Sisters.

Buscemi’s last theater appearance was alongside Al Pacino in a 2002 staging of Bertolt Brecht’s The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.

Also joining the revival of Chekhov’s classic tragicomedy of yearning and dissatisfaction, which stars Gerwig as Masha and Isaac as Vershinin, are Quincy Tyler Bernstine as Olga, Emily Davis as Natasha, Michael Benjamin Hernandez as Fedotik, John Christopher Jones as Ferapont, Lola Kirke as Irina, Anthony Michael Lopez as Rodhe, Matthew Maher as Tuzenbach, Chris Messina as Solyony, Aaron Clifton Moten as Andrei, Ben Sinclair as Kulygin and Virginia Wing as Anfisa.

The production will mark director Sam Gold’s return to New York Theatre Workshop, where he staged a revelatory Othello in 2016, reset in a contemporary war zone, that starred Daniel Craig, David Oyelowo, Rachel Brosnahan and Finn Wittrock. That limited-engagement production became one of the season’s hottest tickets, as Three Sisters is expected to be.

The project also represents a reunion for Gold with both Isaac, whom he directed in Hamlet in 2017, and Gerwig, who starred in his production of Penelope Skinner’s The Village Bike in 2014.

Gold won a Tony Award in 2015 for best direction of a musical with Fun Home. Among his many off-Broadway successes was a 2012 intimate modern-dress staging of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, adapted by frequent collaborator Annie Baker.

Three Sisters will be presented in a new version by gifted playwright Clare Barron, a finalist last year for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama with her unorthodox exploration of preteen female experience, Dance Nation, which also won the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.

The design team on Three Sisters features sets by Andrew Lieberman and Brett J. Banakis, costumes by Clint Ramos, lighting by Jane Cox and sound by Mikaal Sulaiman. The production begins previews May 13 at NYTW ahead of a June 1 official opening, in a limited run scheduled through July 12.

Currently running through March 29 at NYTW is Celine Song’s Endlings, while the company’s production of Sanctuary City, the new play from Cost of Living Pulitzer winner Martyna Majok, begins performances March 4 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. NYTW also is represented on Broadway by 2019 best musical Tony winner Hadestown, and by the upcoming transfer of Sing Street.