Robert De Niro‘s last few movies were the dramedy “The Comedian,” the boxing pic “Hands Of Stone,” and the raunchy comedy “Dirty Grandpa,” all of which were poorly received at best. But this spring, it looks like he has a role and film worth his talents with “The Wizard Of Lies.”
Helmed by Barry Levinson, who has directed De Niro previously in “Sleepers,” “Wag The Dog,” and “What Just Happened,” the HBO movie will tell the story of Bernie Madoff, the respected financial titan whose world — and those of his clients — came tumbling down when it was revealed he was running a Ponzi scheme. Here’s the 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.
Co-starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Alessandro Nivola, Nathan Darrow, Kristen Connolly, Lily Rabe, and Hank Azaria, “The Wizard Of Lies” arrives on May 20th.