Newswire: Michelle Pfeiffer cast as Ruth Madoff in HBO’s Wizard Of Lies

Wizard Of Lies, HBO’s movie about the rise and fall (but mostly the fall) of Bernie Madoff, has been in the works at HBO Films for a while now, with Robert De Niro set to play the Ponzi scheme wizard. The network optioned the rights to the book by Diana Henriques back in 2011; at the time, John Burnham Schwartz (Reservation Road) was tapped to write the script, but two years later HBO brought in writer Sam Baum and acquired the rights to Laurie Sandell’s book Truth And Consequences as additional source material. (Hey, if you’re going to make a movie about a powerful white dude taking advantage of other people, you want to do it right.) HBO decided to take some more time with the project, bringing in a third writer, Sam Levinson, to tackle the script. Levinson, Baum, and Schwartz are all credited as the …

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