Casting Call: Bernie Madoff

Published November 18, 2011

 

In which we suggest who should star in the next big adaptation, remake, or historical film.
 
It was only a matter of time before someone brought the world’s most famous Ponzi scheme to the screen. Thankfully for us, that somebody is HBO, and they’ve already hired Reservation Road writer John Burnham Schwartz to pen a script based on Diane Henrique’s book The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust as well as the recently released memoir, Truth and Consequences: Life Inside the Madoff Clan by Andrew Madoff, Bernie’s son.
 
We were a little concerned that it might be too soon to dramatize the scandal, but we suppose Damages already set the stage with the Madoff-like Tobin family in its third season. With that in mind, here are our picks for the doomed Madoffs—and at least one of their victims.