According to multiple reports, HBO has cast comedian/actor Bo Burnham to play Bird in the show. Burnham will be part of a very solid cast which also includes Adrien Brody as Pat Riley, Michael Chiklis as Red Auerbach, John C. Reilly as Jerry Buss and Sally Field as Jessie Buss.
Burnham, who has starred in the films “Promising Young Woman” and “The Big Sick,” has also appeared on the shows “Parks and Recreation” and “Key and Peele” and has released multiple comedy albums and standup specials.
Bo Burnham to Play Larry Bird in HBO’s Los Angeles Lakers Series https://t.co/tLTz2vRnLB
— Variety (@Variety) March 25, 2021
Burnham might not seem like the obvious choice for Bird, but he’s plenty talented and also happens to be 6-foot-5, which is a plus.
News of this casting has generated a variety of reactions from around the sports and entertainment worlds.
I really need Bo Burnham to have Bird’s amazing dirtbag mustache
— Greg (@gwiss) March 25, 2021
BO BURNHAM AS LARRY BIRD? WHAT?!
— reirei (@reireiaguilar) March 25, 2021
guarantee i will be attracted to bo burnham as larry bird and very much hate that about myself
— Kate Halliwell (@katehalliwell) March 25, 2021
Bo Burnham being cast as Larry Bird feels like a fever dream https://t.co/5FbBkZhDVU
— cris 0lvera (@Crisinternets) March 25, 2021
If Bo Burnham is Larry Bird than I call dibs on being Bill Lambeer https://t.co/ugdX6BSEV5
— Adam Duxter (@News3Adam) March 25, 2021
The HBO series on the Lakers was ordered in December 2019, but there is no definitive release date for it yet.
We’ll definitely be checking it out when it does drop though.
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