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Lowell native Michael Chiklis will play Red Auerbach in Adam McKay’s new HBO series

"Being from the Boston area growing up and having lived in LA for the past 30 years, this is a particularly special gig and role."

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Michael Chiklis will play legendary Boston Celtics coach/executive Red Auerbach in Adam McKay's HBO series. Chris Pizzello; Associated Press

Someone send Michael Chiklis a victory cigar.

The Emmy-winning actor (“The Shield”) and Lowell native has been cast as legendary Celtics coach/executive Red Auerbach in Adam McKay’s upcoming HBO drama series about the “Showtime” Los Angeles Lakers of the 1980s.

Based on Jeff Pearlman’s book “Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s,” the series will chronicle “the professional and personal lives” of the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers, according to HBO.

McKay is very familiar with Chiklis’ work, having recently cast the actor in his Massachusetts-filmed “Don’t Look Up,” which wrapped filming last month.

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Along with Chiklis, HBO has lined up an impressive cast for the series, with top-line stars including Sally Field (“Forrest Gump”) as Jessie Buss, Adrien Brody (“The Pianist”) as Pat Riley, John C. Reilly (“Chicago”) as Jerry Buss, and Jason Clarke (“Chappaquiddick”) as Jerry West. Newcomer Quincy Isaiah will play Magic Johnson, while Rob Morgan (“Mudbound”), who also stars in McKay’s “Don’t Look Up,” will play Earvin Johnson Sr.

The untitled series is expected to be released in 2022 and will be written by Max Borenstein (“Godzilla”).

Chiklis reacted to the news on Twitter, calling his casting as Auerbach a “particularly special” role.

“Being from the Boston area growing up and having lived in LA for the past 30 years, this is a particularly special gig and role,” Chiklis wrote on Twitter. “Especially with this group of people.”

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