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Paul Giamatti and James Woods for HBO's Too Big To Fail

Paul Giamatti in The Lady in the Water

Story by Jack Foley

HBO has secured a star-studded cast for its financial drama Too Big To Fail.

The film, based on the best-selling Wall Street expose of the same name, boasts the likes of Paul Giamatti as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, James Woods as Lehman Brothers CEO Dick Fuld and William Hurt as Henry Paulson.

Topher Grace, Ed Asner, Tony Shalhoub, Dan Hedaya, Cynthia Nixon, Kathy Baker and Billy Crudup have also joined the production, which is to be directed by Curtis (LA Confidential) Hanson.

Too Big To Fail will chronicle the financial meltdown of 2008, as seen through the eyes of Hurt’s Treasury Secretary Paulson.

It promises to be one of the most keenly anticipated HBO productions of 2011.