‘Ballers’ is an American comedy and drama series that airs on HBO. It first premiered on June 21, 2015. The show has been created by Stephen Levinson and among the co-executive producers is Mark Wahlberg, famous for films like ‘The Departed‘ and ‘The Fighter‘.
Success hits hard. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stars in this series as a retired football superstar trying to reinvent himself as a financial manager for current players in sun-soaked Miami. This is how HBO describes ‘Ballers’. The way Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s movies were conquering Box Office, it was a matter of time that he would also conquer TV. The HBO show starring Dwayne Johnson is the second most-watched show on the network. It’s easily one of the highest rated shows on HBO, only behind ratings-monster ‘Game of Thrones’. In fact, it was the highest rated half-hour show on HBO since ‘Entourage‘. ‘Ballers’ also peaked to HBO’s second most-watched original series currently airing on the channel, behind ‘Game of Thrones’ with ‘Westworld’ close behind.
The story of ‘Ballers’ is centered around, a Former NFL player Spencer Strathmore(Dwayne Johnson) who moved into the corporate world of sports management after retiring due to injuries, who is trying to balance his lifestyle while working as a Financial Manager. He is determined to succeed in this new chapter in his life, he begins to get clients by reaching out to friends of his who are still playing and offering them financial and personal guidance. As we earlier outlined, the show already has a massive fan following, which is largely due to Johnson’s star power. Critics too have praised the show saying that it might not be original, but it definitely can be well-liked thanks to the charm and depth Johnson brings to the table.
Ballers Cast: Who is in it?
The main cast of ‘Ballers’ includes Dwayne Johnson, who appears as Spencer Strasmore, a retired NFL player turned financial manager. Other members include Rob Corddry as Joe Krutel, an advisor at Anderson Financial. We see him trying hard to fit in.
John David Washington, who rappeared in Spike Lee’s ‘BlacKkKlansman‘, plays the role of Ricky Jerret, a very spiritual and competitive NFL player. Omar Miller is seen playing Charles Greane, an affable former NFL player who happens to be looking for his next career. Donovan W. Carter appears as Vernon Littlefield, an extremely family oriented NFL player, while Troy Garity is seen as Jason Antolotti, a top tier sports agent.
London Brown is Reggie, a childhood friend of Vernon, who handles his money. Arielle Kebbel appears as Tracy Legette, a sportscaster at a local tv station, and who happens to be intimately involved with Spencer.