Brendan Gleeson cast as Donald Trump in new mini-series based on book by former FBI Director
Spot-on, if you ask us.
While Alec Baldwin has been giving it a fair ol' swing on Saturday Night Live, we've all known that the eventual movies and TV shows on President Donald Trump couldn't be too far away.
This is the guy who just warned he was going to obliterate Turkey, while, in the same sentence, complimenting his own unparalleled intelligence. So... you know, Hollywood couldn't be expected to wait too long.
With that in mind, former Director of the FBI James Comey is about to have his book A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership adapted into a four-part mini-series for CBS, and none other than our very own Brendan Gleeson will be portraying the President.
The book will be adapted by Billy Ray, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Captain Phillips, with Alex Kurtzman (Fringe, Star Trek: Discovery) on board as an executive producer.
Ray talked to Variety about Gleeson's casting that "It's hard to imagine a bigger acting challenge than playing Donald Trump. You have to have presence, and a singular kind of dynamism.
"You also have to have the courage and the will to play Trump's psychology from the inside out. Oh, and you have to be spectacularly talented and watchable. Not many actors check all those boxes. Brendan does. I’m ecstatic about this."
Gleeson will act opposite Jeff Daniels, who will be playing Comey, while Michael Kelly (House Of Cards) will is on board the project as Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, while Jennifer Ehle (Fifty Shades Trilogy) will play Patrice Comey, James' wife.
The mini-series is scheduled to go into production in November of this year, so expect to see it on the small screen towards the end of 2020.