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Hilary Swank is headed to the small screen.
The two-time Oscar winner has joined FX’s forthcoming Danny Boyle anthology Trust, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
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.
In the series, set in 1973, a young Getty is kidnapped in Rome and his mafia captors are banking on a multimillion-dollar ransom. Trust examines 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.
Swank will play Gail Getty, John Paul Getty III’s determined and resourceful mother, who remains committed to helping her son as she navigates tricky familial waters. She joins a cast that includes Donald Sutherland, who is set as J. Paul Getty.
Boyle, Simon Beaufoy and Christian Colson will exec produce the series, with Boyle also attached to direct. Beaufoy will serve as the head writer. Trust hails from FX Productions, Cloud Eight Films, Decibel Films and Snicket Films series.
Production will begin in June in London and Rome ahead of its January 2018 debut on FX.
The role marks Swank’s first TV role in nearly two decades. The actress got her start on network series like Growing Pains and Beverly Hills 90210, on which she recurred from 1997 to 1998 before moving to acclaimed films like Boys Don’t Cry and Million Dollar Baby, both of which netted her Oscars. Her recent work includes the upcoming films 55 Steps and Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky.
Swank is the latest film actress to be lured to the small screen by FX. Annette Bening and Penelope Cruz will also star in two other projects set to air on the cabler next year: the second and third installments, respectively, of Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story.
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