Michelle Pfeiffer has been cast as Ruth Madoff in HBO Films’ “Wizard of Lies,” a look behind the scenes at Bernie Madoff’s massive Ponzi scheme uncovered in 2008, how it was perpetrated on the public and the trail of destruction left in its wake, both for the victims and Madoff’s family.
Pfeiffer joins Robert De Niro, previously cast as Bernie Madoff. The movie icons were last seen together in Luc Besson’s 2013 “The Family.” Alessandro Nivola will play Mark Madoff, the older of the two sons, who hanged himself in 2010 on the second anniversary of his father’s arrest. Younger son Andrew Madoff (not yet cast) died in 2014 after battling cancer.
The long-in-the-works project, based on Diana Henriques’ same-titled book, could offer Pfeiffer a real platform — and on TV, natch, where the meaty roles live nowadays. The Oscar-nominated actress has been selective about projects in recent years, appearing in indies, or mediocre studio fair (see “Dark Shadows”), and we want more of her.
Executive producers are Robert De Niro, Barry Levinson, Jane Rosenthal, Berry Welsh, Jason Sosnoff and John Burnham Schwartz. Levinson co-wrote the script with Sam Baum.