HBO Films’ “Wizard of Lies” Debuts May 20th

Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer star in the headline-making true story.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

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.

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 is directed by Barry Levinson from a script by Sam Levinson and John Burnham Schwartz and Samuel Baum, based on Diana B. Henriques’ 2011 New York Times bestselling book The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust, which featured unprecedented access and more than 100 interviews, including Madoff’s first interviews for publication since his arrest. “Truth and Consequences,” by Laurie Sandell, is additional source material.

The film also stars Alessandro Nivola (American Hustle) as Mark Madoff, Bernie and Ruth’s oldest son, and Nathan Darrow (House of Cards) as Andrew Madoff, their youngest son, both of whom worked with their father at his investment firm. Other cast members include: Kristen Connolly (The Cabin in the Woods) as Stephanie Madoff, Mark’s wife; Lily Rabe (Pawn Sacrifice) as Catherine Hooper, Andrew’s fiancée; and Hank Azaria (Brockmire) as Frank DiPascali, Bernie’s right-hand man in the Ponzi scheme. Diana B. Henriques, the first writer to visit Madoff in prison, plays herself.

The Wizard Of Lies debuts on Saturday, May 20th at 8pm.