Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman is the latest film actor to take on the lead in a television series according to a report from THR. The actor has signed on for a pilot called “Luck” for the HBO network that’s produced by Michael Mann and David Milch. This will mark Hoffman’s first steady TV gig and he’s about to make his big debut in style.

“Luck” will center on the inner-workings of the horse racing circuit, while highlighting the behind the scenes drama that includes excessive gambling. Hoffman’s character Ace Bernstein, is described as “an intelligent, intuitive and tough man who has always been involved with gambling, from bookmaking to money laundering through a casino.”

He’s a recently released prisoner who reunites with his former chauffeur and muscle, Gus Economou to craft a complex plan involving the track. Dennis Farina, will star as his partner in crime who helps him recruit Turo Escalante (John Ortiz), a successful trainer with a sordid reputation. Production on “Luck” should start sometime this spring.

HBO pulled a major win with Hoffman’s casting because the actor hasn’t done regular television in over 40 years. TV seems to be the wave of the future for veteran actors who want consistent and substantial work. I can’t wait to see who else will make the switch.

What do you think about Dustin Hoffman starring in a TV show? Are you interested in the plot of Luck?