Dustin Hoffman is to star in a new TV show.

The Oscar-winning actor has been cast in the pilot for prospective drama 'Luck', in which he will play an "intelligent, intuitive, tough man" who has a long history with gambling.

It will be the first time the 'Rainman' star appears regularly in a television drama, although he did win an Emmy in 1986 for his performance in a TV version of the play 'Death of a Salesman'.

Hoffman, 72, will star alongside John Ortiz and Dennis Farina in the show, which will be produced by David Milch.

Although he is still enjoying huge success, last year Hoffman admitted he never expected to land his breakthrough role in 'The Graduate'.

He said: "In those days I hung out with Robert Duvall and Gene Hackman and we were certain we were never going to be romantic leads. We just hoped to be character actors who could earn enough to make a living for the rest of our lives. When 'The Graduate' came about, I didn't even want to try for it. I'd read the book and I thought it was a role made for Robert Redford. I was always going up for "character Juvenile" roles - which meant you weren't attractive!"