The Wizard of Lies examines the deceptions, lies and cover-ups of Madoff’s crime, which became the biggest fraudulent scheme in U.S. history. The film, directed by Barry Levinson, depicts how the scheme was perpetrated on the public and the trail of destruction left in its wake, both for the victims and Madoff’s family. On June 29, 2009, Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in prison for creating an estimated $50 billion in losses for investors.
Michelle Pfeiffer stars as his wife, Ruth Madoff. Alessandro Nivola, Nathan Darrow, Kristen Connolly, Lily Rabe and Hank Azaria co-star.
De Niro and Gevinson executive produce alongside Jane Rosenthal, Berry Welsh and Tom Fontana; Jason Sosnoff co-executive produces. Joseph E. Iberti serves as producer. The Wizard of Lies was written by John Burnham Schwartz, Sam Baum and Sam Levinson, based on Diana Henriques’ book, with Laurie Sandell’s Truth and Consequences also used as additional source material.
The Wizard of Lies debuts on Saturday, May 20, on HBO. Check out the trailer above.