Brendan Gleeson takes on ‘acting challenge’ - playing Donald Trump

Carla Harmon
October 10, 2019

Jeff Daniels ("Uninteresting and Dumber", "The Newsroom") takes on the characteristic of Comey while Brendan Gleeson, who played Alastor "Mad Appreciate" Testy within the "Harry Potter" movies, is to play Trump, CBS said on Twitter.

According to Deadline, the four-hour CBS show will be based on former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey's memoir A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership and will star Jeff Daniels as Comey.

"Jeff is so flawless for this part", said Ray in a statement.

"It's hard to imagine a bigger acting challenge than playing Donald Trump". You have to have presence, and a singular kind of dynamism. Michael Kelly (House of Cards) has also signed on to play acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, while Jennifer Ehle will play Comey's wife Patrice. Oh, and you have to be amazingly gifted and watchable.


Trump fired Comey without warning on Would possibly perhaps well 9 2017, because the Federal Bureau of Investigation chief's agents had been wanting into allegations of collusion between Trump's election campaign crew and Russian Federation. "Great actor, instant integrity, loads of warmth, intelligence, complexity and gravitas".

Comey used his book to slam President Trump and elevate former President Barack Obama, as well as himself. The CBS Studios series could air on Showtime, CBS Access, or both.

Ray will serve as an EP alongside Alex Kurtzman, Shane Salerno and Heather Kadin.

Ray, best known as the Oscar-nominated writer of films like Captain Phillips and Shattered Glass, spent over a year researching the project, working closely with Comey, FBI agents, journalists, politicians and other prominent officials connected to the story.


Daniels recently won acclaim for his role as Atticus Finch in Aaron Sorkin's Broadway production of "To Kill a Mockingbird".

Billy Ray said he was "ecstatic" about casting the veteran Irish actor in the role. Since being controversially dismissed in 2017, an event depicted in his memoir, Comey has spoken out against Trump as someone who is "morally unfit to be president".

The book shares Comey's never-before-told experiences from some of the highest-stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like, and how it drives sound decisions. Daniels is represented by ICM Partners and Martino Management.


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