By Jennifer Armstrong
March 02, 2010 at 01:33 PM EST

Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman will star in David Milch’s upcoming HBO series, Luck, according to Variety. Hoffman will play a highly intelligent man who’s just been released from four years in prison and loves to gamble on the horse-racing circuit chronicled by the show. Dennis Farina will play his driver and friend. Michael Mann will direct the pilot and executive produce. The show will mark Hoffman’s first foray into being a regular on series television.