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Giamatti, Woods, Crudup added to HBO telepic ‘Too Big to Fail’

HBO has rounded out its cast for the upcoming telepic “Too Big to Fail.”Giamatti

Movie offers an intimate look at the financial crisis of 2008 and the select group of powerbrokers who decided the fate of the world’s economy in a matter of a few weeks. Centering on Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, the film goes behind closed doors and examines the co-dependency between Wall Street and Washington.

In addition to William Hurt as Paulson, which was previously announced, James Woods will play Lehman Brothers CEO Dick Fuld. Other additions include Paul Giamatti as Fed chairman Ben Bernanke, Billy Crudup as Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Dan Hedaya as Massachusetts congressman Barney Frank, Ed Asner as Warren Buffett and Tony Shalhoub as Morgan Stanley topper John Mack.

Also added to the cast are Kathy Baker, who will portray Hank’s wife, Wendy Paulson; Topher Grace as Paulson’s chief of staff, Jim Wilkinson; Cynthia Nixon as Paulson’s communication director, Michele Davis; Michael O’Keefe as Chris Flowers, a former partner at Goldman Sachs before starting his own financial firm; and Joey Slotnick as Goldman Sachs banker Dan Jester.

Telepic, likely to air in 2011, is set to begin production in New York over the next two weeks.

Curtis Hanson is directing a script from writer “Breaking Bad” scribe Peter Gould. Story is based on 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.

Hanson, an Oscar winner for writing “L.A. Confidential, rarely works in television. He wrote and directed the 1986 ABC telepic “The Children of Times Square.”

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