HBO has released a full-length trailer for the upcoming third season of their sports agency dramedy Ballers, starring Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson.
The pseudo-successor to the long-running HBO phenomenon Entourage, Ballers takes that show's glamorous look at the crazy Hollywood lifestyle in the film industry and applies that love of riches and power to the sports world. Unlike Entourage, however, the series doesn't focus on clients like Vinnie Chase and friends, but on those working hard to get them the big deals like Jeremy Piven's Ari Gold. Johnson stars as Spencer Strasmore, a former NFL player who took his sports expertise over to the world of financial management, looking to protect his clients' legacy and life post-football as he navigates his way up the ranks of this unfamiliar world.
After two seasons in Miami, Ballers moves over to California for season three, as Strasmore continues to expand his clientele and notoriety in this still-new role. The trailer teases a season long storyline with some real life topicality, as Strasmore and Rob Corddry's Joe Krutel are making deals to try and land a football team in Las Vegas (the NFL has approved the Oakland Raiders to move there sometime in the foreseeable future). They'll certainly come across some obstacles, including feelings of neglect from some of their original clients and conflicting agendas from some other powerful people trying to get in their way.
It's a different location and storyline, but things seem to stick to the status quo otherwise for Ballers, as season three promises more of the scantily clad women, partying debauchery, and major celebrity cameos that fans have come to expect from the show. Johnson's charisma carries over to the majority of his roles, and he continues to bring a lot of energy to an otherwise pretty standard role. He's a strong and necessary anchor for Ballers to have with few other name actors - and as big of a movie star as he is these days, one wonders how long he'll be sticking with the show.
Ballers was created by Stephen Levinson and is executively produced by Mark Wahlberg. The two were also both producers on Entourage, with that series initially being modeled after Wahlberg's rise to fame in the movie industry during the 1990s. Levinson has been a producer on a number of Wahlberg's films, working with him and Ballers pilot director Peter Berg on 2013's Lone Survivor and last year's Patriot's Day.
Ballers returns to HBO on July 23rd at 10 PM EST, immediately following the second episode of Game of Thrones season seven.