Watch the trailer for Robert de Niro’s Bernie Madoff biopic, The Wizard of Lies

The HBO original film will tell the tale of the largest Ponzi scheme in US history

Bernie Madoff, former stockbroker, investment advisor and colossal fraudster, was sentenced to 150 years in prison in 2009 – the maximum sentence the US judicial system can hand out. The reason? Over a course of several years, Madoff created the largest Ponzi scheme in US history, and defrauded his investors out of an estimated $18 billion.

The businessman’s story will now be told in a television film starring Oscar-winner Robert de Niro in the title role, with Michelle Pfeiffer playing Madoff’s wife, Ruth. Hank Azaria will play Madoff’s second-in-command, and the production will premiere on HBO on May 20.

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