Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti to Lead Showtime Wall Street Drama ‘Billions’
The current season of 'Homeland' has been markedly improved by the absence of Damian Lewis (sorry, it's true!), but that wouldn't stop us from welcoming the erstwhile Nicholas Brody back to Showtime. And so it goes, that Emmy-winner Lewis will partner with Oscar-winner Paul Giamatti for a new Showtime Wall Street drama 'Billions,' and they've already got our money.
Per Showtime, 'Billions' will explore the Wall Street world of investment and high finance in chronicling “the approaching collision between two titanic figures – the hard charging, whip-smart U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhodes (Giamatti), and the brilliant, ambitious hedge fund king, Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Lewis).” While Lewis comes off of three seasons of 'Homeland,' Giamatti had recently set up period detective drama 'Hoke' with FX, only for the network to ultimately pass on the pilot.
'Divergent' director Neil Burger will helm the pilot episode of 'Billions,' filming in New York early next year. On the creative side, Brian Koppelman and David Levien ('Rounders') will write and executive produce the series, along with financial journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin.
What do you think? Would 'Billions' make another award-winning addition to Showtime's lineup, or does the thought of having Brody back on Showtime give you Carrie cry-face?