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John C Reilly replaces Michael Shannon in HBO's Los Angeles Lakers drama

John C Reilly in Cyrus

Story by Jack Foley

JOHN C. Reilly is to replace Michael Shannon in HBO’s drama pilot about the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers.

Reilly will play Jerry Buss in the project, who bought the Lakers, the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings and the Forum in Inglewood in 1979, is a self-made millionaire whose success served to heighten his proclivity for risk.

He went on to redefine American sports, celebrity and wealth by transforming the Lakers into a dynasty.

However, his house of cards threatens to collapse on him and the people he loves most.

Jason Clarke, of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes fame, has also joined the cast as Lakers legend Jerry West, the team’s general manager in the ’80s.

Thus far, the pilot has yet to be named. But HBO have stated that the drama will chronicle the professional and personal lives of the ’80s Lakers, both on and off the court.

It is based on Jeff Pearlman’s book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley and the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty.

The pilot is being executive produced and directed by Adam McKay, whose recent work includes the heavy-hitting dramas The Big Short and Vice.

The role of Buss would be Reilly’s first as a series regular in primetime. Original star Shannon has reportedly exited due to creative differences, according to The Hollywood Reporter.