Jeff Daniels cast as Comey in CBS limited series
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Jeff Daniels is reportedly set to play former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyState cites 38 people for violations in Clinton email review GOP cautions Graham against hauling Biden before Senate Graham on Syria: Trump appears 'hell-bent' on repeating Obama's mistakes in Iraq MORE in an upcoming limited TV series.

The "Newsroom" star will appear in the leading role in the CBS Studios series based on Comey's 2018 book, "A Higher Loyalty," TVLine reported Monday.

It's not the first time Daniels, 64, will have played a prominent figure in the bureau: He starred as former FBI counterterrorism expert John O'Neill in Hulu's "The Looming Tower."


The CBS project's screenwriter, Billy Ray, said in a statement that Daniels was the "perfect" choice for the part.

"We talked backstage after I saw him in 'To Kill a Mockingbird' on Broadway, and I knew I was looking at the only person who could play Jim Comey. Lucky for me, he said yes," Ray told TVLine.

Daniels reportedly visited the nation's capital and met with 58-year-old Comey and other Washington figures as part of his research for the role.

Comey's tell-all was sharply critical of President TrumpDonald John TrumpFlorida GOP lawmaker says he's 'thinking' about impeachment Democrats introduce 'THUG Act' to block funding for G-7 at Trump resort Kurdish group PKK pens open letter rebuking Trump's comparison to ISIS MORE and his administration, describing the commander in chief as "unethical" and his leadership style akin to a mob boss.

Trump fired Comey in 2017 as the FBI investigated Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. 

Emmy Award-winning Daniels has slammed Trump before, saying during an appearance on CBS's "The Late Show" last year that under Trump, the country has "lost respect, decency, civilized behavior, integrity, class, accountability, responsibility."

An airdate or network for the four-hour limited series has yet to be announced.