HBO has ordered a pilot for a boxing drama from Spike Lee and Entourage creator Doug Ellin loosely based on the early career of former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson, The Live Feed reports.
Called Da Brick — it’s set in Newark, New Jersey, often called “Brick City” — the series will feature Attack the Block‘s breakout star John Boyega as Donnie who, after his release from juvenile detention, “begins an exploration of what it means to be a man for himself and those around him.” It’s described as an examination of what it means to be a young black man in a supposedly “post-racial” America.
Lee will direct, with L.A. Riots‘ John Ridley serving as writer and showrunner. Ellin and his producing partner Jim Lefkowitz, and Tyson and wife Lakiha Tyson are involved as non-writing executive producers.
The cast also includes Milauna Jemai (NCIS) as Donnie’s mother Lynette, Julito McCullum (The Wire) as Donnie’s best friend Kevin, and Kamahl Naiqui Palmer (Gossip Girl) as Malik, the moral center of Donnie’s group of friends.
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