The Wizard of Lies tells the story of the man behind probably the largest Ponzi schemes of all times. Robert De Niro plays Bernie Madoff, Michele Pfieffer is Madoff’s wife, Ruth and Alessandro Nivola is their older son Mark.
Here is the teaser trailer.
The television drama is directed by Barry Levinson and written by Sam Levinson, Sam Baum, and John Burnham Schwartz. It is based on the non-fiction book of same name by Diana B. Henriques.
The official synopsis:
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® 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 Wizard of Lies will premiere on HBO in May.