Actor Brendan Gleeson will portray U.S. President Donald Trump in an upcoming TV mini-series based on former FBI director James Comey’s book A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership.
The small screen venture, which will also feature Jeff Daniels as Comey, has been adapted by Oscar-nominated Captain Phillips screenwriter Billy Ray, who will also direct.
Production will begin next month, and the filmmaker is convinced he has the right man to play Trump.
“It’s hard to imagine a bigger acting challenge than playing Donald Trump,” Ray said in a statement. “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.”
Comey’s book followed the work he did under former President George W. Bush and what he did to change U.S. policies on torture and electronic surveillance. Comey also oversaw investigations into Hilary Clinton’s emails and possible ties between Trump’s presidential race and Russian leaders until he was fired by the controversial leader in 2017.