Donald Sutherland to Star as J. Paul Getty in FX's Danny Boyle Anthology 'Trust'

The first season tells the story about John Paul Getty III and his 1973 kidnapping.
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Donald Sutherland is headed for FX.

The Emmy and Golden Globe winner has been tapped to star in Danny Boyle anthology Trust, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The 10-episode first season explores the kidnapping of oil man and Getty family dynasty founder J. Paul Getty's grandson, John Paul Getty III. Production will begin in June in London and Rome ahead of its January 2018 debut on FX. The series is described as equal parts family history, dynastic saga and an examination of the corrosive power of money. Trust attempts to unlock the mystery at the heart of every family — rich or poor.

Sutherland will star as J. Paul Getty, the architect of the great family fortune (and misfortunes). He was one of the 20th century's most iconic and enigmatic figures, a man of endless contradictions: a billionaire who washed his own socks; a visionary who dreamed of a dynasty but who was baffled by family.

Trust hails from exec producers Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy and Christian Colson. Beaufoy serves as the head writer, with Boyle set to direct the FX Productions, Cloud Eight Films, Decibel Films and Snicket Films series. Trust hails from Boyle's overall deal with FXP.

Season one of Trust is set in 1973, when the young Getty is kidnapped in Rome and his mafia captors are banking on a multimillion-dollar ransom. Trust charts his ordeal at the hands of kidnappers who don't understand why nobody seems to want their captive back. The Italian police think it's a prank and decline to investigate. Paul's father is lost in a heroin daze in London and refuses to answer the phone. Paul's grandfather — possibly the richest man in the world — is marooned in a Tudor mansion in the English countryside, surrounded by five mistresses and a pet lion. Only Paul’s mother is left to negotiate with increasingly desperate kidnappers. The problem is that she’s broke.

Trust marks Sutherland's latest TV foray. He won an Emmy and Golden Globe for his supporting role in HBO's TV movie Citizen X, as well as a Globe for his role in HBO's Path to War. More recently, he stars in the Audience Network's Ice. His TV credits include The Pillars of the Earth, Dirty Sexy Money, Commander-in-Chief and Human Trafficking. On the big screen, his credits include The Hunger Games, Pride & Prejudice, Space Cowboys and more. He's repped by CAA and Klevan Longarzo.

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