Dustin Hoffman Tries His ‘Luck’ As Star of HBO Series

by | March 1, 2010 at 10:14 PM | TV News

Dustin Hoffman (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Dustin Hoffman (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Talk about a smart bet. Dustin Hoffman, in what would be his first regular TV role in 40 years, has been tapped to headline the HBO drama pilot ‘Luck.’

Developed by David Milch (‘Deadwood’) and Michael Mann (‘The Insider’), ‘Luck’ explores the shady underbelly of horse racing and gambling. Milch penned the pilot, and Mann will direct.

The story revolves around Ace Bernstein (Hoffman), a career bookmaker and money launderer freshly released form a four-year prison stay. With a crafty scheme in mind, Ace teams with a former crony (played by ‘Crime Story’s Dennis Farina) and a shady horse trainer (John Ortiz, from Mann’s ‘Public Enemies’).

A two-time Academy Award winner (for ‘Kramer vs. Kramer’ and ‘Rain Man’), Hoffman’s last major TV role was in the 1985 TV-movie ‘Death of a Salesman,’ for which he won an Emmy.

Production on the ‘Luck’ pilot is set to begin in early spring, in Los Angeles.