HBO has rounded out its cast for its Wall Street meltdown telepic “Too Big to Fail,” with roles that represent a host of public figures as key characters.
James Woods has been tapped to play Lehman Brothers CEO Dick Fuld. Paul Giamatti will play Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke and Ed Asner will move into a much higher tax bracket in the role of Warren Buffett.
Pic, to be helmed by Curtis Hanson, offers an intimate look at the financial crisis of 2008 and the group of powerbrokers who decided the fate of the world’s economy in a matter of a few weeks.
Pic mostly revolves around the work of President George W. Bush’s Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, played by William Hurt.
Other additions include Billy Crudup as Obama administration Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Dan Hedaya as Massachusetts congressman Barney Frank, Tony Shalhoub as Morgan Stanley topper John Mack and Kathy Baker as Paulson’s wife, Wendy.
Topher Grace, Cynthia Nixon, Michael O’Keefe and Joey Slotnick have supporting roles.
Telepic, likely to air in 2011, is set to begin production in New York over the next two weeks.
“Breaking Bad” scribe Peter Gould penned the script adapted from Andrew Ross Sorkin’s book “Too Big to Fail.” Hanson is exec producing with Paula Weinstein and Jeffrey Levine. HBO is producing with Spring Creek Prods.
Ezra Swerdlow is producing with Carol Fenelon set as co-exec producer. Vanity Fair contributing editor Bethany McLean and New York Times columnist Joe Nocera have been tapped as consultants.