By now, it’s quite evident that Dwayne Johnson is a household name. His presence in pop culture is felt through his blockbuster performances in studio behemoths such as “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” the “Fast and the Furious” franchise, and even an animated venture with “Moana.” However, he also holds occupation in television – I mean, he’s The Rock; what can’t he do? Johnson stars in the HBO comedy-drama “Ballers,” and he’s returning as former star athlete turned financial manager Spencer Strasmore in the show’s fifth season. From creator, writer, and producer Stephen Levinson, the newest season continues with Strasmore looking to expand his empire in Los Angeles.
In the past, Levinson has found success producing popular HBO dramas “Entourage” and “Boardwalk Empire,” and continues to accomplish strong narratives with all-star casting. These two series explore the intricate and complex underbellies of business and politics in big cities – Levinson has proved these themes to be his specialty. Levinson first brought “Ballers” to HBO in 2015.
Four years later, he continues to script the series, alongside Chloe Domont, Rob Weiss, and Jason Lew. Season five promises more of the same, cityscapes, women, booze and exotic cars, but also perhaps a hint of some challenges to identity and how long this lifestyle can last.
Season five of “Ballers” stars Dwayne Johnson, John David Washington (“BlacKkKlansman”), Omar Benson Miller (“8 Mile”), Donovan Carter, Troy Garity, London Brown, Jazmyn Simon, and Brittany S. Hall.
Executive produced by Stephen Levinson, Dwayne Johnson, Rob Weiss, Mark Wahlberg, Dany Garcia, Peter Berg, Julian Farino, Denis Biggs, and Karyn McCarthy, the fifth season of “Ballers” returns August 25 on HBO