Has HBO saved the best for last? With just 11 days before the deadline for Emmy eligibility, the premium network will air their new telefilm “The Wizard of Lies” on May 20, starring Robert De Niro as criminally disgraced financier Bernie Madoff and Michelle Pfeiffer is his doting wife Ruth Madoff. While the film doesn’t officially debut for another two weeks, you can see new photos of De Niro and Pfeiffer in costume above and below. (Watch “The Wizard of Lies” trailer here.)
Barry Levinson, who won an Oscar for directing “Rain Man” (1988), helms the telefilm which is based on the nonfiction book “The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust” by Diana B. Henriques. Barry’s son Sam Levinson, Samuel Baum and John Burnham Schwartz are the movie’s screenwriters. As you’d expect, the story details the events that led up to Madoff’s infamous Ponzi scheme that ruined the finances of countless everyday Americans.
De Niro is a two-time Oscar winner for “The Godfather, Part II” (supporting, 1974) and “Raging Bull” (lead, 1980) who’s now on the hunt for his first career Emmy nomination. He’ll be in the Best Movie/Mini Actor race, while Pfeiffer, a Golden Globe champ for “The Fabulous Baker Boys” (1989), will be submitted in the Emmy race for Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actress. The telefilm also co-stars six-time Emmy winner Hank Azaria as Madoff’s righthand man Frank Dipascali.
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