Irish actor Brendan Gleeson better get ready to spend some time in the make-up chair, to achieve a certain orange hue. Gleeson has signed on to play President Donald Trump in a forthcoming TV miniseries based on the book A Higher Loyalty by former FBI director James Comey. Further details are still sketchy, with reports suggesting that the series might air on Showtime, or the CBS TV network, or possibly both. What we do know is that veteran actor Jeff Daniels will play Comey. Screenwriter Billy Ray was also quoted as saying only a special kind of actor could tackle the, um, unique personality of the president.
“It’s hard to imagine a bigger acting challenge than playing Donald Trump. You have to have presence, and a singular kind of dynamism,” Ray said. “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.”
The star-studded cast also includes Holly Hunter, Steven Pasquale, Brian d’Arcy James, as well as Hollywood royalty Oona Chaplin, who happens to be Charlie Chaplin’s granddaughter and Eugene O’Neill’s great granddaughter. ♦