According to Deadline, Robert De Niro is in talks to play Bernie Madoff in an upcoming HBO film. HBO has optioned Diane Henriques’ non-fiction book, The Wizard Of Lies: Bernie Madoff And The Death Of Trust and they want De Niro to take the lead role. De Niro is currently in negotiations with the network but nothing is confirmed yet.
It seems like an interesting role and definitely something I’d like to see. The financial crisis seems to be a hot topic in Hollywood lately but I can’t complain, I do find it all rather intriguing. I really enjoyed the documentary Inside Job and HBO’s upcoming Too Big To Fail looks great. So as of now, count me in for this one.
De Niro and his Tribeca Productions partner Jane Rosenthal will produce the untitled film.