HBO has released the new trailer for Ballers Season 3, which teases right away that business is certainly picking up for Dwayne Johnson's Spencer Strasmore. The trailer opens with his secretary saying that the NBA's reigning MVP, Steph Curry, is on Line 1, and we see the NBA star at least makes a cameo this season. Throughout the first two seasons, the show has followed Spencer, who has reinvented himself as a financial manager for current players in sunsoaked Miami. This trailer hints that Spencer is getting ready to expand all around the world.
HBO debuted this trailer on YouTube earlier today, which reveals a number of quick-cut shots of Spencer working hard and playing hard (even in the bedroom), along with a scene where Spencer and his right-hand man Joe (Rob Corddry) tell their staff that they plan to expand, with possible offices opening up in L.A., Chicago, New York and London. The trailer is also chocked full of a number of cryptic scenes that hints Spencer may be losing his clients because he's chasing "global domination", with Jason (Troy Garity) even stating that he isn't going to let Spencer play him like he plays his clients. The trailer ends with a unique shot that could hint how art is imitating life.
The final shot shows Spencer Strasmore telling an unseen character that he wants to bring an NFL team to Las Vegas. As NFL fans know, the NFL owners approved the Oakland Raiders' move to Las Vegas in late March. The move came after the team had tried to get a new stadium built in Oakland for years, to no avail. Las Vegas approved $750 million in public funding for a new stadium, which, when it's all said and done, will reportedly cost $1.7 billion. With all of that being said, it will be interesting to see how this HBO drama series will tackle this element of the story.
This story line may have been impacted by the show's decision to shift production from Miami, where it was shot and set for the first two seasons, to California. The state legislature voted down a measure last year to replenish the film and television tax incentives program. Ballers was actually the 10th show to move from Florida to California, including Veep, American Horror Story, Scream Queens, Mistresses, Secrets and Lies and American Crime. The show's decision to move production to California may have also helped inspire the story line about Spencer's company ASM expanding to other areas of the world beyond Miami.
The Ballers cast also includes Rob Corddry, John David Washington, Omar Benson Miller, Donovan Carter, Troy Garity, Jazmyn Simon, London Brown, Arielle Kebbel, Dulé Hill, Richard Schiff and Andy Garcia. The series was created by Steve Levinson; executive produced by Stephen Levinson, Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Peter Berg, Evan Reilly, Rob Weiss, Julian Farino, Denis Biggs. Ballers' first season went on to average 9.1 million viewers in gross audience, HBO's biggest half-hour in six years.Ballers returns for its ten-episode third season Sunday, July 23 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT). Take a look at the new trailer for Ballers below.