Yeah, they aren’t resurrecting Brody for Homeland, but Damian Lewis is back on the network. With Paul Giamatti. It really doesn’t get better than that for a cast. Showtime announced they are picking up Billions for an initial 12-episode run in 2016.
David Nessons, Showtime’s boss was damn near giddy with the news.
“The dynamic star pairing of Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis is matched by an equally exciting team in the writing of this show. Andrew Ross Sorkin, one of the preeminent financial journalists of our time, has joined forces with Brian Koppelman and David Levien, two of Hollywood’s most accomplished screenwriters, to tackle an incredibly timely and buzzy subject. With this caliber of writing and acting, I think the show’s authenticity and insider look will have great appeal to a discerning audience.”
Those two leads with Andrew Ross Sorkin helping to write? Sign me up.
The title implies it, but the show will take place in the world of high finance. It plays out with two major figures on a course to collide. Chuck Rhoades (Giamatti) is the U.S. attorney navigating both the politics and the law. In banking? Yeah, I know this is a fictional drama now.
Bobby Axelrod (Lewis) is the hedge fund king. It’s fun seeing Damian Lewis as the villain. The guy can flat out act.
Rounding out the cast will be Malin Akerman, Maggie Siff, David Costable, Condola Rashad and Toby Leonard Moore.
Production on the series starts later this year in New York, and the premiere is set for 2016. The exact date hasn’t been set, but rest assured, my DVR will have plenty of space available.
For fans of the actor, you can’t go wrong with HBO’s Band of Brothers and the two seasons of Life. Life was canceled way too soon and was one of my favorite cop dramas.