HBO Max is coming out with an LA Lakers series called “Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty.”
Will Ferrell was originally slated to play now-deceased Lakers’ owner Dr. Jerry Buss.
However, John C. Reilly is now playing the role of Buss.
This has caused tensions between Ferrell and Adam McKay, the series’ director, potentially ending their friendship.
Critics note that Reilly’s portrayal of Buss is more realistic than a portrayal Ferrell would have done.
This new series will discuss what went on during the 1980s Lakers era on and off court.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, and Jerry West will also be making appearances.
Holly wood newcomers Solomon Hughes will be playing Abdul-Jabbar, and Quincy Isaiah will be playing Magic Johnson.
It appears that Magic Johnson is the main character in the series – it’s unclear how much emphasis will be placed on his HIV diagnosis.