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Harris Dickerson is set to play the young Getty family heir at the center of the 10-part drama.
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 looks at 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? She’s broke.
J. Paul Getty III is described as an idealistic yet rebellious teenager who increasingly feels the burden of his famous family name.
Dickerson joins a cast that includes Donald Sutherland as J. Paul Getty and Hillary Swank as Gail Getty, J. Paul Getty III’s mother.
The U.K. native, Dickinson’s credits include TV series Some Girls, Silent Witness and Clique, in addition to the films The Medium, Beach Rats, and the upcoming Gwendoline Christie sci-fi thriller The Darkest Minds.
He is repped by Gersh, Luber Roklin Entertainment and TCG Artist Management.
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 is set to begin in June in London and Rome ahead of its January 2018 debut on FX.
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