A high-profile television project continues to attract big names. With Robert De Niro already signed for the lead role in HBO’s biopic on Bernie Madoff, the latest big star to join up is Michelle Pfeiffer.
Variety reports that Pfeiffer will play Ruth Madoff, the wife of De Niro’s character, in HBO’s “Wizard of Lies.”
Also just announced is Alessandro Nivola, who will play Mark Madoff.
“It was also announced that Barry Levinson, who received Emmy nominations for helming HBO Films’ TV movies ‘Phil Spector’ and ‘You Don’t Know Jack,’ will direct the film,” Variety adds.
Based on the book by Diana Henriques, “Wizard of Lies” will take a look “behind the scenes at the former investment adviser’s massive Ponzi scheme — including how it was perpetrated on the public and the trail of destruction it left in its wake, both for the victims and his own family,” Variety notes.
ABC also has a Bernie Madoff project in the works — the miniseries “Madoff,” starring Blythe Danner and Richard Dreyfuss, the report notes.