Julianna Margulies & Corey Stoll Join ‘Billions’ Season 5
As if having Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti butting heads wasn’t enough, Showtime’s ‘Billions‘ is adding a couple more acclaimed actors to the cast as Emmy & Golden Globe winner Julianna Margulies (‘The Good Wife’) and Golden Globe nominee Corey Stoll (‘House of Cards’) sign on to guest star in multiple episodes of the Season 5.
‘Billions’ stars Lewis and Giamatti in a duo of tour-de-force performances as shady hedge fund manager Bobby ‘Axe’ Axelrod and equally shady District U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades. The first few seasons have seen Axe and Rhoades going head-to-head as they try to bring each other down, whilst the 4th Season twisted that dynamic and saw the duo working together against their common enemies.
In Season 5, Margulies will play Catherine Brant, an Ivy League sociology professor and bestselling author. Stoll joins in a season-long arc as Michael Prince, a business titan from a small town in Indiana.
Margulies was most recently seen in the outbreak thriller mini-series ‘The Hot Zone’, produced by Ridley Scott. She is best known for her role as Carol Hathaway on the medical drama ‘ER’, for which she won an Emmy Award, and her role as Alicia Florrick in ‘The Good Wife’, for which she won two Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe. Marguiles has also won four individual Screen Actor Guild Awards, making her one of the most decorated SAG actresses.
Stoll is well known for his portrayal of Congressman Peter Russo in ‘House of Cards’, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination, and for his television roles in ‘Homeland’, ‘The Strain’, ‘The Deuce’ and ‘Girls’. His film credits include ‘First Man’, ‘Ant-Man’, ‘Café Society’, and Midnight in Paris, in which he portrayed Ernest Hemingway, earning him an Independent Spirit Award nomination.
Season 1 of ‘Billions’ saw Axe Capital nearly destroyed by Rhoades’ attacks, and Season 2 saw Axe hit back, using his considerable resources to exact revenge on the Machiavellian U.S. Attorney. Season 3 had Chuck and Bobby in a world that has shifted on its axis. Both men were still determined to destroy the other, but they also had to battle for their own survival amid new forces and powerful enemies. By the end of the last encounter, Wendy Rhoades (Maggie Siff), Chuck’s wife and Axe’s performance coach, had managed to convince the boys that working together against the new threats would be better than trying to tear each other down.
In the most recent 4th Season, Bobby and Chuck, along with Wendy Rhoades (Maggie Siff), the chief counselor to each, came together to form an uneasy but highly effective alliance, aimed at the eradication of all their rivals, including Grigor Andolov (John Malkovich), Taylor Mason (Asia Kate Dillon), Bryan Connerty (Toby Leonard Moore) and Waylon “Jock” Jeffcoat (guest star Clancy Brown). Ambition and betrayal have long been at the heart of ‘Billions’, and last season all the characters found out exactly how high a price they had to pay to satisfy those needs. The series also stars David Costabile, Condola Rashad, Kelly AuCoin and Jeffrey DeMunn.
‘Billions‘ airs on Sky Atlantic in the UK, with Season 5 premiering in 2020.
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