Don Cheadle Lands Lead Role in Showtime’s “House of Lies”

Don Cheadle Stars In House Of LiesAcademy Award®-nominated actor Don Cheadle (Iron Man 2, Hotel Rwanda) has landed the lead role in Showtime’s House of Lies.

The series is described as a subversive, scathing look at a self-loathing management consultant from a top-tier firm.

Cheadle will star as Marty, a highly successful, cutthroat consultant who is never above using any means (or anyone) necessary to get his clients the information they want.

The dark comedy, written by Matthew Carnahan, is based on the hit tell-all book House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Tell You the Time by Martin Kihn. Showtime held it’s first screening of House of Lies to a warm reception. The show is on track to debut next year on the Showtime network. Casting is by Felicia Fasano.

“Don Cheadle is one of the great dramatic actors of our generation,” said SHOWTIME® President of Entertainment David Nevins. “He also happens to be an extremely funny man. House Of Lies is the perfect show to take advantage of both sides of him. Honestly, I would have been happy just to get his autograph.”

In his nearly three-decade career, Cheadle has garnered industry recognition and accolades for his diverse body of work – starring in everything from blockbuster comedies (the Ocean’s trilogy) to hard-hitting dramas (Hotel Rwanda). He garnered 2005 Best Actor Oscar, Golden Globe® and SAG® Award nominations for his heartbreaking turn as a hotel manager who housed refugees during the Rwandan genocide in the biographical drama Hotel Rwanda, and in 1999, he took home a Golden Globe award and an Emmy nomination for his pitch-perfect take on legendary entertainer Sammy Davis Jr. in The Rat Pack.

House of Lies marks a return of sorts to SHOWTIME for Cheadle, who picked up an Emmy award nomination in 2002 for his work in the network’s gripping drama Things Behind the Sun, from director Allison Anders. He also earned an Emmy nomination for a guest-starring arc in the series E.R., and was twice-nominated for SAG awards for his work on Picket Fences.

Cheadle has earned award recognition for his work in three critically acclaimed ensemble dramas: in 2006, he earned a Golden Globe award for his memorable turn in Crash (his individual performance in the film garnered him a nomination); a SAG win in 2001 for his work in Traffic; and a SAG nomination in 1998 for Boogie Nights. He also earned a SAG nomination for his star turn opposite Denzel Washington in the 1995 noir Devil in a Blue Dress.

Production begins next month but there are no casting notices for the show. However, actors who would like to be considered for any background roles should mail their professional headshots and resume to casting director Felicia Fasano, 8621 Hayden Pl., Culver City, CA 90232. Do not call or visit the office.