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'Game of Thrones' and Dustin Hoffman drama headed to HBO

March 2, 2010 |  3:15 pm

HBO continues to develop aggressively, with a new pilot starring Dustin Hoffman and a series pickup based on a line of bestselling fantasy novels. 

The pay cable outlet announced Tuesday that it had committed to a pilot plus nine episodes of "Game of Thrones," adapted from the "A Song of Ice and Fire" fantasy epic by screenwriter and novelist George R.R. Martin. The story concerns a violent civil war that wracks a fictional land called Westeros. The cast includes Peter Dinklage and Sean Bean.

In the drama "Luck," which is being developed by Michael Mann ("Heat") and David Milch ("Deadwood"), Hoffman will play an ex-con who teams with his chauffeur (Dennis Farina) in a complex scheme at a horse track.

The Oscar-winning Hoffman, 72, hasn't done series television since the mid-1960s, when he appeared in guest roles in such shows as "Naked City" and "The Defenders."

— Scott Collins