"Punisher" star Jane set for HBO comedy pilot

Fri Aug 1, 2008 2:29am EDT

Actor Thomas Jane attends the movie premiere of ''Hancock'' at Grauman's Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California June 30, 2008. The movie opens in the U.S. on July 2. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Actor Thomas Jane attends the movie premiere of ''Hancock'' at Grauman's Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California June 30, 2008. The movie opens in the U.S. on July 2.

Credit: Reuters/Mario Anzuoni

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - In his first foray into TV series, Thomas Jane will play the lead in HBO's hourlong pilot "Hung."

The dark comedy pilot centers on Ray (Jane), a well-endowed struggling middle-aged high school basketball coach who figures out a way to use his best asset. Alexander Payne ("Sideways") is directing.

For Jane, "Hung" marks a return to HBO, where he starred as Mickey Mantle in the 2001 TV movie "61*." His feature credits include "The Punisher" and "The Tripper."

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