Showtime ‘Billions’ Finance Drama Ordered for 2016 With Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti
We might not miss him on Homeland, but Damian Lewis is officially staying within the Showtime family. The Emmy-winner will officially join Paul Giamatti, Sons of Anarchy star Maggie Siff and more for Showtime’s new finance drama Billions, given an official series order for 2016.
Described as “a complex and contemporary drama about power politics in the New York world of high finance,” Showtime’s 12-episode Billions will see Homeland and Band of Brothers star Lewis in the role of the brilliant and ambitious hedge fund king Bobby “Axe” Axelrod, who finds himself going up against with politically savvy” U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades, as played by fellow Emmy-recipient Giamatti. Shooting this fall, Billions is expected to premiere at some point in 2016.
Also present are Maggie Siff as psychiatrist and finance-world performance coach Wendy, wife to Bobby, while Malin Akerman will play Giamatti’s wife Lara, a former nurse. Additionally, Daredevil star Toby Leonard Moore, Breaking Bad alum David Costabile, and Condola Rashad will round out the cast. Billions is also written and executive produced by Brian Koppelman, David Levien and financial journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin, with Divergent director Neil Burger helming the pilot.
Says Showtime of the pickup:
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.
It certainly seems worthy of a first look, but will Showtime earn its Billions with Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis leading their own series?