Showtime has picked up their hour-long drama pilot Billions, starring Damian Lewis (Homeland) and Paul Giamatti (Downton Abbey), to series with a twelve episode order.
Billions takes an insider look at the world of high finance by tracking the approaching collision between two titanic figures – the hard charging, politically savvy U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades, and the brilliant, ambitious hedge fund king, Bobby “Axe” Axelrod.
Damian Lewis plays hedge fund manager Bobby Axelrod, while Pail Giamatti portrays Chuck Rhoades, an AUSA with the Department of Justice. The cast also includes Maggie Siff (Sons Of Anarchy), Malin Akerman (Children’s Hospital), Toby Leonard Moore (Daredevil), David Costabile (Suits) and Condola Rashad (Smash).
The drama series, which landed a pilot order at Showtime one year ago, hails from New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin, David Levien and Brian Koppelman. The trio penned the pilot script and will serve as executive producers on the series, which is set to enter production later this year in NYC for a 2016 premiere.
“The dynamic star pairing of Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis is matched by an equally exciting team in the writing of this show”, said Showtime’s President of Entertainment David Nevins. “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.”