James Woods and Paul Giamatti have joined “Too Big to Fail”, the HBO telemovie about the 2008 Wall Street meltdown according to The Live Feed.
The project is described as an intimate look at the financial crisis and the group of powerbrokers who decided the fate of the world’s economy in a matter of a few weeks.
Most of the focus will be on William Hurt as Bush’s Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and those around him – Kathy Baker as Paulson’s wife Wendy, Topher Grace as his chief of staff Jim Wilkinson, Cynthia Nixon as his spokeswoman Michele Davis and Ayad Akhtar as his senior advisor Neel Kashkari.
Woods will play Lehman Brothers CEO Dick Fuld while Giamatti is Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke.
Also onboard are Billy Crudup as Obama’s Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Dan Hedaya as House Financial Services Committee chairman Barney Frank, Tony Shalhoub as Morgan Stanley CEO John Mack, Joey Slotnick as Goldman Sachs executive Dan Jester, Michael O’Keefe as billionaire investor Chris Flowers and Ed Asner as multi-billionaire Warren Buffett
“Breaking Bad” writer Peter Gould adapted the script Andrew Ross Sorkin’s book “Too Big to Fail.” Curtis Hanson (“L.A. Confidential”) directs and production kicks off in two weeks for airing sometime next year.