With Showtime's hit drama series Billions set to return on Sunday, May 3, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, Bobby "Axe" Axelrod (Emmy and Golden Globe winner Damian Lewis) and Chuck Rhoades (Oscar nominee and Emmy and Golden Globe winner Paul Giamatti) are taking their love-hate rivalry up a few dozen notches.
Created by executive producers-showrunners Brian Koppelman and David Levien, as well as Andrew Ross Sorkin, the series is currently in production in New York City and sees some familiar faces joining the now-it's-personal fray: Emmy and Golden Globe winner Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife, ER) and Golden Globe nominee Corey Stoll (House of Cards, Ratched) will guest star during the fifth season.
In season five of BILLIONS, Bobby Axelrod (Lewis) and Chuck Rhoades (Giamatti) see their vicious rivalry reignited, while new enemies rise and take aim. Social impact pioneer Mike Prince (Stoll) poses a true threat to Axe's dominance, and Chuck feuds with a formidable district attorney. Taylor Mason (Asia Kate Dillon) is forced back to Axe Capital, where they must fight to protect their employees and their assets. Wendy Rhoades (Maggie Siff) reevaluates her loyalties and forges surprising new alliances that put her at odds with both Chuck and Axe. This season, the struggle for power becomes a struggle for survival, and all characters must adapt or risk extinction.
Joining Lewis, Giamatti, Margulies, Stoll, Dillon, and Siff are David Costabile, Condola Rashad, Kelly AuCoin, and Jeffrey DeMunn. For Koppelman and Levien, the additions of Margulies and Stoll will only add another layer of quality to an already high quality show:
"Julianna is one of the smartest actresses working. The way in which she can make any kind of dialogue sound like her own seamlessly fits into our world." Having previously mastered medical and legal jargon on ER and The Good Wife, Margulies jokes, "I'm just really grateful that I don't have to do any of the financial dialogue."
"We were able to write a character for him [Stoll] that is smart, aggressive, and charismatic, all the things that he's built to play."