“Taxi Driver” star developing movie about the infamous swindler
Robert De Niro is about to show his evil side. And no, he's not reprising the role of ultra-intimidating father-in-law Jack Byrnes in yet another "Fockers" movie. (At least, as far as we know, he isn't.)
The "Taxi Driver" actor is currently developing a biopic with HBO about Ponzi scheme perpetrator Bernie Madoff, who defrauded thousands of investors out of an estimated $18 billion.
The film, which will be produced by De Niro and his Tribeca Productions partner Jane Rosenthal, will be based on Diane Henrique's new book "The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust." Should the project go into production, it's expected that De Niro will star as the mega-stakes con man.
The actor, who will co-star in "The Killer Elite" and "New Year's Eve" in coming months, is apparently developing a taste for portraying real-life baddies; he's rumored to be starring in the upcoming Lee Daniels-directed historical drama "Selma," as segregationist Alabama governor George Wallace.