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'Eastbound & Down' Enlists 'Django Unchained' Actor for Final Season (Exclusive)

Omar Dorsey will join the Danny McBride comedy for a multiple-episode arc.

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Omar Dorsey

HBO's Eastbound & Down is adding a "loudmouth" for its final run.

Omar Dorsey has booked a multiple-episode arc on the final season of the Danny McBride comedy, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

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Dorsey, who recently co-starred in Django Unchained, will play Dontel Benjamin, a flashy former NFL player turned loudmouth talk-show host. He's described as an aggressive, obnoxious person who rarely lets anyone get a word in edgewise.

The role comes as the actor, whose credits also include episodes of Bones, Rizzoli & Isles and Castle and the feature The Blind Side, plays a recurring role on Fox's Greg Kinnear drama Rake, due midseason.

HBO announced in June that Eastbound & Down, produced by McBride, Jody Hill, Will Ferrell, Chris Henchy and Adam McKaywill end after this season's eight episodes. While the premium cable network expressed interest in continuing the series, the creative team thought an endgame was the better plan.

Eastbound's fourth season will premiere Sunday, Sept. 29, at 10 p.m. on HBO.

Dorsey is repped by Kazarian Spencer, Aligned Entertainment and Stone Meyer.

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