Victor Rasuk (Raising Victor Vargas) is joining Mark Wahlberg’s entourage. Well, sort of. The 25-year-old Dominican actor will star in a new HBO pilot called How to Make It in America, produced through Wahlberg’s production company, Closest to the Hole, and fellow Entourage executive producers Stephen Levinson and Rob Weiss.
The new series, set to premiere in February 2010, follows two 20-something Brooklynites, Cam Calderon (Rasuk) and Ben Epstein (Bryan Greenberg of Prime) as they pursue the American dream in New York City. Ben works in the fashion world, while Cam uses his street smarts to get ahead. Shannyn Sossamon (40 Days & 40 Nights) will play Gingy, Ben and Cam’s artsy friend. "This show is a fun ride through the downtown scene, examining the cross section of people and how they relate to the relevant subcultures in NYC," Weiss told The Hollywood Reporter.
Production has already begun on the show's eight episode first season. The pilot was penned by first-time writer Ian Edelman and directed by Julian Farino.
This is the third male-centric series picked up HBO in less than a year. The other two are Hung and Bored to Death, which were both renewed for a second season after bringing in solid numbers for the cable network last summer.
It's nice to see Rasuk get a starring role on a good network. The last couple of years haven't exactly been kind to the former star who rose to fame with Vargas in 2002. This should get him back in the game.
Are you guys going to tune in to How to Make It in America?