Our first look at #TheWizardofLies, HBO's upcoming original movie, is finally here with the perfect tease to get viewers amped up for the upcoming premiere. Robert De Niro will take on the role of the infamous Bernie Madoff in the new film based on the book of the same name by Diana B. Henriques. While this tease only shows off minimal clips from the film, it offers a fair glimpse into the downfall of the Madoff family and horrible aftermath of the notorious scandal.
The Wizard of Lies will once again team up the amazing talent of Oscar winner #RobertDeNiro and Oscar nominee Michelle Pfeiffer. The pair previously worked together in the critically acclaimed fairytale Stardust, Garry Marshall's New Year's Eve, and 2013's mob-comedy The Family. Pfeiffer will be playing the role of Madoff's devastated wife, Ruth. Alongside them is a cavalcade of talent that includes Hank Azaria (The Simpsons), Kristen Connolly (House Of Cards), Lily Rabe (American Horror Story), and Nathan Darrow (House Of Cards, Gotham). Author Diana B. Henriques will also cameo in the film as herself.
The #HBO movie is likely to kick off what could be #MichellePfeiffer's big comeback year. With several high-profile projects in the pipeline, including the untitled family-drama from Darren Aronofsky and the remake of Murder On The Orient Express, Pfeiffer's newest film, Where Is Kyra?, will likely give audiences a lot to look forward to in May after the indie film premieres this month at Sundance.
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De Niro and Pfeiffer will follow in the steps of Richard Dreyfuss and Blythe Danner who portrayed the Madoffs in #ABC's limited series, Madoff, last February. That film, though met with critical acclaim for Dreyfuss' performance, was also criticized for having a lack of perspective and a much too polished tone. Judging from the teaser, I think it's safe to say we can expect anything but polished from this adaptation.
Coming from a network behind such brilliant hits like Game Change and Behind The Candelabra, HBO has no need to prove how dedicated they are to telling the whole, true, gritty story to the masses. Most viewers will be fully aware of the scandal and the tragedy it wrought for thousands of people by the time May rolls around. What most won't be aware of is just how equally devastating it was behind news reports and paparazzi photos; the story of how the family Bernie left behind, shattered to pieces with no possible way of making their lives whole again.
That's the story we'll be looking to HBO to tell when The Wizard Of Lies premieres in May.
Will you be tuning in to see Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer in HBO's newest biopic?