Brendan Gleeson lands Trump role in CBS miniseries based on Comey memoir
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Actor Brendan Gleeson has landed the role of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says his advice to impeachment defense team is 'just be honest' Trump expands tariffs on steel and aluminum imports CNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group MORE in an upcoming CBS miniseries based on former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyCNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group NYT: Justice investigating alleged Comey leak of years-old classified info Bernie-Hillary echoes seen in Biden-Sanders primary fight MORE’s 2018 memoir “A Higher Loyalty.”

The four-part miniseries will begin filming in November, Yahoo Entertainment reported. It will star actor Jeff Daniels as Comey, and its screenplay was written by “Captain Phillips” writer Billy Ray. 


“It’s hard to imagine a bigger acting challenge than playing Donald Trump,” Ray said of the role, according to Yahoo Entertainment. “You have to have presence, and a singular kind of dynamism. 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. I’m ecstatic about this.” 

Gleeson is well-known for his role as Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody in the “Harry Potter” films.

Ray also said he thought Daniels was “perfect” for the part of Comey.

“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 Variety.

The cast will also include actor Michael Kelly as former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeMcCabe accuses Trump officials of withholding evidence in lawsuit over firing McCabe: Being accused of treason by Trump 'quite honestly terrifying' Horowitz report is damning for the FBI and unsettling for the rest of us MORE and actress Jennifer Ehle as Comey’s wife, Patrice, The Washington Post reported.

Ray researched the project for over a year to make the drama as accurate and fair as possible, traveling to Washington, D.C., and other cities to meet with Comey, his family, reporters, FBI agents and government officials from both political parties, Yahoo Entertainment reported. 

The title of Comey’s 2018 memoir, released after he was fired from the Trump administration, is based on reports that Trump wanted Comey to pledge his loyalty to him. 

Comey was appointed to be FBI director under President Obama in 2013.