Two high-profile actors — an Oscar nominee and one of the stars of Showtime’s “Homeland” — are now in the lineup for Showtime’s drama pilot “Billions.” The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti have been cast in the project, set in the world of finance.
“Billions” focuses on a U.S. Attorney named Chuck Rhodes, who will be played by Giamatti, and a hedge fund tycoon named Bobby “Axe” Axelrod, who will be played by Lewis.
Neil Burger of “Divergent” will direct the pilot, which will be taped in early 2015.
“The role marks a return to the premium cable network for Lewis, who won a Golden Globe and Emmy for his portrayal of Nicholas Brody on Showtime’s Emmy-winning drama ‘Homeland,’” the story notes.
Giamatti is an Oscar nominee for the 2005 movie “Cinderella Man” and an Emmy winner for the 2008 HBO miniseries “John Adams.”