The Comey Rule: Brendan Gleeson plays 45 in Showtime miniseries
Showtime has officially announced their newest limited series titled The Comey Rule which centers around the 2016 US presidential election and the first months of the Trump presidency. Based on former FBI director James Comey’s bestselling book A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership, the two-part miniseries will be led by Emmy winners Brendan Gleeson (Mr. Mercedes) and Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom), who are portraying the roles of Comey and Donald Trump, respectively.
The announcement also came with the released of the first-look photos which you check out in the gallery below, featuring Gleeson and Daniels in character. The series is expected to premiere in late November as a two-night and four-hour event.
Based on a number of additional interviews involving key principals which were conducted and compiled for over a year, The Comey Rule is an immersive, behind-the-headlines account of the historically turbulent events surrounding the 2016 presidential election and its aftermath, which divided a nation. It is not a biopic of one man, but is instead the story of two powerful figures, Comey and Trump, whose strikingly different personalities, ethics and loyalties put them on a collision course.
The limited series adaptation will take us on an insider’s journey down the corridors of power, where decision-makers struggle to apply old norms to a dramatic new paradigm in the face of Russia’s deep and unprecedented penetration into American politics, with our nation’s rule of law hanging in the balance. Each character’s actions in these historic months made the careers of some, destroyed the careers of others and helped shape the incendiary political landscape we live in today.
The first part of The Comey Rule will examine the earliest days of the Russia investigation, the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails and their impact on Election Night 2016, when Donald Trump stunned the world and was elected president. While part two is a virtual day-by-day account of the tempestuous relationship between Comey and Trump and the intense and chaotic first months of the Trump presidency – where allies became enemies, enemies became friends and truth depended on what side you were on.
Joining Daniels and Gleeson are an ensemble of award-winning actors consisting of Holly Hunter (The Piano), Michael Kelly (Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan), Jennifer Ehle (Zero Dark Thirty), Scoot McNairy (Halt and Catch Fire), Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul), Oona Chaplin (Game of Thrones), Amy Seimetz (The Girlfriend Experience), Steven Pasquale (The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story), Peter Coyote (The Disappearance), and Kingsley Ben-Adir (High Fidelity) as President Barack Obama.
It will also feature Steve Zissis (Togetherness), Shawn Doyle (House of Cards), Brian d’Arcy James (Spotlight), Dalmar Abuzeid (Anne with an E), William Sadler (When They See Us), Richard Thomas (Tell Me Your Secrets), T.R. Knight (Grey’s Anatomy), Joe Lo Truglio (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Spencer Garrett (Bombshell), Michael Hyatt (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Damon Gupton (Black Lightning) and Seann Gallagher (Good Witch).
The Comey Rule is written and directed by Oscar nominee Billy Ray (Captain Phillips). It is executive produced by Shane Salerno, Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, and Ray. The series is a co-production by CBS Television Studios, Home Run Productions, The Story Factory and Secret Hideout.