'Harry Potter' Star Michael Gambon Trying His 'Luck' on HBO Series

Michael Gambon

His first foray into U.S. television, 'Luck' revolves around horse racing, the owners, gamblers, jockeys and industry players.

Michael Gambon jumps from big to small screen and he's making his first U.S. television debut at the same time. The Brit is to take a recurring role on HBO drama series "Luck" which is about several characters who are tied to the same horse-racing track.

Produced under David Milch/Michael Mann collaboration, "Luck" puts Dustin Hoffman in the lead role named Ace Brenstein. Now Gambon is to play a yet-to-be-named character who is "a nemesis or worthy adversary for" Brenstein. Gambon previously worked with Mann in Oscar nominated film "The Insider".

Joining Gambon as recurring character is Patrick J. Adams ("Friday Night Lights", "Pretty Little Liars"). The 29-year-old is set to be Nathan Israel who works closely with Bernstein, Deadline said. Joan Allen had also been selected to take a supporting role.

Gambon expanded his fame Stateside when starring as Professor Dumbledore in "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban", replacing Richard Harris who died in 2002. He is the depicter of King George V in the upcoming Oscar hopeful "The King's Speech".

© AceShowbiz.com

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