Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Ballers’ Ordered to Series by HBO

The half-hour show will be co-executive produced by Mark Wahlberg

Larry Marano/Getty Images

Dwayne Johnson will return to television, but he won’t be wrestling.

The former WWE wrestler-turned-movie-star will lead and executive produce “Ballers,” a half-hour series looking into the lives of a group of former and current football players, an HBO representative told TheWrap.

Also read: David Fincher Remaking ‘Utopia’ for HBO With ‘Gone Girl’ Author

Johnson stars as Spencer Strasmore, a retired athlete living in Miami. It co-stars Omar Benson Miller, John David Washington, Rob Corddry, Troy Garity, Donovan Carter, Jazmyn Simon, Taylor Cole and LeToya Luckett.

Mark Wahlberg will executive produce with Johnson, Steve Levinson, Peter Berg, Evan Reilly, Dany Garcia. Hiram Garcia will serve as co-executive producer.

Levinson wrote the pilot, which Berg directed. Wahlberg previoulsy worked Levinson on “Entourage” and “Boardwalk Empire.”

Also read: Jack Black,Tim Robbins Comedy ‘The Brink’ Gets Series Order From HBO

HBO is producing the series with Closest to the Hole Productions, Leverage Entertainment, and White Buffalo Entertainment.

Johnson also has a reality series at TNT called “Wake Up Call,” in which the actor-wrestler will help ordinary people overcome massive challenges.