Mohamad El Masri is writer and executive producer

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Dwayne Johnson and Issa Rae are teaming up for a half-hour series about backyard wrestling at HBO, the network announced Monday.

Titled “TRE CNT” (a.k.a. “TRE COUNT”) the project is described as a series about “working-class family, neighbors, and friends in Houston’s Third Ward (The Tre) who come together – pooling their talents, resources, savvy, and dreams – to build a unique hip-hop centric backyard-wrestling empire from nothing.”

The show centers on twenty-something Cassius Jones, a dock worker and struggling pro-wrestler, who uses inherited life-insurance money for start-up cash, and the deed to a shotgun house from his grandfather to start his American dream.

Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia will serve as executive producers on the project via their Seven Bucks Productions banner alongside Rae and Montrel McKay of Issa Rae Productions. “Here and Now” writer Mohamad El Masri is writer, creator and executive producer. Judah Miller will serve as showrunner.

Dave Becky, Tom Lassally and Jonathan Berry of 3 Arts Entertainment also executive produce.

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