HBO FILMS' "THE WIZARD OF LIES," STARRING ROBERT DE NIRO AND MICHELLE PFEIFFER IN THE STORY OF THE BERNIE MADOFF SCANDAL, DEBUTS IN MAY
Directed By Barry Levinson; Screenplay By Sam Levinson And John Burnham Schwartz And Samuel Baum; Based On The Book Written By Diana B. Henriques
Cast Includes Alessandro Nivola, Nathan Darrow, Kristen Connolly, Lily Rabe And Hank Azaria
A Tribeca Production And Levinson/Fontana Production Of A Barry Levinson Film; Executive Produced By Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro, Berry Welsh, Barry Levinson, Tom Fontana
Photo: Robert De Niro. Credit: HBO/Craig Blankenhorn. Please note this is a promotional photo for press only.
In 2008, stockbroker, investment advisor and financier Bernie Madoff made headlines around the world when he was arrested for perpetrating perhaps the largest financial fraud in U.S. history.
Debuting in May, HBO Films' THE WIZARD OF LIES examines Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme? - ?his deception, lies and cover-up, all as the financier's wife and sons are catapulted into a harsh and unrelenting spotlight.
Robert De Niro (Oscar(R) winner for "Raging Bull" and "The Godfather II") comes to HBO for the first time in the role of family patriarch Bernie Madoff. Also on HBO for the first time, Michelle Pfeiffer (Golden Globe winner for "The Fabulous Baker Boys") stars as Ruth Madoff, Bernie's longtime spouse and unwitting partner during the events that would lead to financial ruin for countless people and institutions, as well as his and his family's destruction.
The film is directed by Barry Levinson from a script by Sam Levinson and John Burnham Schwartz and Samuel Baum, based on Diana B. Henriques' 2011 New York Times bestselling book "The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust," which featured unprecedented access and more than 100 interviews, including Madoff's first interviews for publication since his arrest. "Truth and Consequences," by Laurie Sandell, is additional source material.
The film also stars Alessandro Nivola ("American Hustle") as Mark Madoff, Bernie and Ruth's oldest son, and Nathan Darrow ("House of Cards") as Andrew Madoff, their youngest son, both of whom worked with their father at his investment firm. Other cast members include: Kristen Connolly ("The Cabin in the Woods") as Stephanie Madoff, Mark's wife; Lily Rabe ("Pawn Sacrifice") as Catherine Hooper, Andrew's fiancée; and Hank Azaria ("Lovelace") as Frank DiPascali, Bernie's right-hand man in the Ponzi scheme. Diana B. Henriques, the first writer to visit Madoff in prison, plays herself.
Barry Levinson received a Best Director Oscar(R) for the multiple Academy Award(R)-winning "Rain Man," and earned two Oscar(R) nominations as director and producer of "Bugsy," as well as original screenplay Oscar(R) nominations for "Diner," "... and Justice for All" and "Avalon." He also executive produced and directed HBO Films' "You Don't Know Jack" and executive produced HBO Films' "Phil Spector," both of which earned him Emmy(R) nominations.
THE WIZARD OF LIES is a Tribeca Production ("The Good Shepherd," "Meet the Parents") and a Levinson/Fontana Production (HBO's "Oz") of a Barry Levinson Film; executive producers, Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro, Berry Welsh, Barry Levinson, Tom Fontana; Jason Sosnoff co-executive produces; Joseph E. Iberti produces.