Michelle Pfeiffer is going to play Ruth Madoff.
The Scarface and Batman Returns actress has signed onto HBO’s long-awaited Wizard of Lies, EW has learned.
In her first major TV role in decades, Pfeiffer will star opposite Robert De Niro, who plays the notorious former Wall Street financial expert who swindled investors out of an estimated $65 billion with a Ponzi scheme.
In addition, Alessandro Nivola (American Hustle) has signed onto the project as Mark Madoff.
The movie is billed as “a look behind the scenes at Bernie Madoff’s massive Ponzi scheme, how it was perpetrated on the public and the trail of destruction it left in its wake, both for the victims and Madoff’s family.” The film is based on the book Wizard of Lies by Diana Henriques, as well as drawing material from Truth and Consequences by Laurie Sandell.
The film has been in the works for a long time — De Niro joined the cast four years ago.
Sam Levinson and John Burnham Schwartz are the writers, and Barry Levinson will direct and executive produce. There is no premiere date yet.
Wizard of Lies is one of two Madoff TV projects in the works. ABC has a miniseries coming up called Madoff, which stars Richard Dreyfuss and Blythe Danner.
•Robert De Niro signs on to play Bernie Madoff in potential HBO movie
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