BEVERLY HILLS—On Thursday, the announcement came that HBO has picked up the new drama series “Luck.” Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming said, “LUCK is a provocative look at horse racing ”“ the owners, gamblers, jockeys and diverse gaming industry players.” “Luck” begins shooting this fall at Santa Anita Park and other Los Angeles locations.

“Michael Mann delivered a pilot from David Milch’s brilliant script that took our breath away,” said Lombardo. “We are truly excited that these two artists, and our extraordinary cast headed by Dustin Hoffman, will be bringing ”˜Luck’ to life.”

The cast for the pilot stars Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Farina, John Ortiz, Kevin Dunn, Richard Kind, Jason Gedrick, Ritchie Coster, Ian Hart, Tom Payne, Kerry Condon, Gary Stevens and Nick Nolte. Jill Hennessy guest stars.

The pilot’s behind the scenes credits are as follows, executive producers, David Milch, Michael Mann and Carolyn Strauss; co-executive producer, Henry Bronchtein; producer, Dustin Hoffman; written by David Milch; directed by Michael Mann.

Information on the new hot series will be announced later this summer.

Photograph of Dustin Hoffman Courtesy: HBO