Robert De Niro to Play Bernie Madoff in HBO Biopic

Actor Robert De Niro is reportedly all set to play the role of convicted fraudster Bernie Madoff in HBO’s upcoming biopic film Truth and Consequences: Life Inside the Madoff Family.

In addition to acting, the NY Times report that De Niro, 68, is also producing the movie, which is based on the book of the same name – written by Laurie Sandell (with the help of Bernie’s son, Andrew, and Andrew’s mother, Ruth) – and describes the aftermath of Madoff’s arrest and the effect it had on his family.

Sandell’s Truth and Consequences was also the basis for the Madoff family’s recent 60 Minute interviews, part of which can be seen below:

Madoff, a former Wall Street financial expert who swindled more than 16,000 investors out of an estimated $50 billion with a Ponzi scheme, was jailed for 150 years and has since been disowned by his family following the suicide of his eldest son Mark in December 2010, who could not live with the shame brought upon by the scam.

Following Mark’s death, his wife, Stephanie Madoff Mack, published her own memoir, a biography titled The End Of Normal: A Wife’s Anguish, A Widow’s New Life which details her ordeals in the fallout of the Madoff trial.

In addition to the Madoff Biopic, De Niro is also attached to star in the upcoming project The Irishman, that will be directed by Martin Scorsese and co-starred by Joe Pesci and Al Pacino.

via Chicago Tribune