First Look: HBO's Luck Starring Dustin Hoffman

HBO has released a first look at Luck, its new drama series penned by David Milch (Deadwood), directed/exec-produced by Michael Mann (The Insider) and starring Dustin Hoffman. As anticipated, it looks like a sure thing.

Described as a provocative look at horse racing the owners, gamblers, jockeys and industry players — Luck stars Hoffman (in his first TV series role) as Ace Bernstein, a powerful organized crime figure. Also featured in the featurette below is Nick Nolte, as a Kentucky horse trainer with “a shattered past” but with a second chance ahead of him.

Other cast members include veteran British actor Michael Gambon (Harry Potter) as a formidable adversary of Ace’s, Joan Allen (The Contender), Dennis Farina (Wiseguy), Kerry Condon (Rome), Gary Stevens (Seabiscuit), John Ortiz (Public Enemies), Kevin Dunn (Samantha Who?), Richard Kind (Burn Notice), Jason Gedrick (Boomtown), Ian Hart (Dirt), Patrick J. Adams, Ritchie Coster and Tom Payne.

Take a look, then read on:

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As a director, Mann says his mission is to “not to observe the racing, but place the audience within the experience.” He hails Milch’s script as a “brilliant” depiction of “not just horse racing but of how luck, when combined with skill, can have the power to change our lives.”

As Milch himself puts it, “The race track is a place of incomparable beauty, but it’s a rough racket. As a setting for storytelling, you couldn’t ask for anything more.”

Will you wager a look at the well-pedigreed Luck when it debuts on HBO later this year?