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The Comey Rule, Showtime event series with Jeff Daniels and Brendan Gleeson



Showtime have announced that the new limited event series The Comey Rule, starring Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom) as former FBI Director James Comey and Brendan Gleeson (Mr. Mercedes) as President Donald J. Trump, will be released in late November.

This two-part, four-hour event series was adapted for the screen and directed by Oscar nominee Billy Ray (Captain Phillips, Shattered Glass) and produced by Shane Salerno, Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin and Ray. The series was produced by CBS television studios in association with Home Run Productions, The Story Factory and Secret Hideout.

Based on the New York Times bestseller “A Higher Loyalty” and more than a year of additional interviews with some of the leading participants, The Comey Rule is an immersive background account of the historically turbulent events surrounding the 2016 presidential election and its aftermath, which have divided a nation. The Comey Rule is not a look at one man, but the story of two powerful characters, Comey and Trump, whose clearly different personalities, ethics and loyalties put them on a collision course.

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Brendan Gleeson plays President Donald J. Trump in THE COMEY RULE. Photo Credit: Courtesy of CBS Television Studios/SHOWTIME.

The Comey Rule takes us on an inner journey through the corridors of power, where decision makers struggle to apply the old rules to a dramatic new paradigm in the face of Russia’s deep and unprecedented penetration of American politics, with the rule of law of our nation at stake. The actions of each character during those historic months made the careers of some, destroyed the careers of others, and helped shape the political fire scene we live in today.

The first part of the series examines the early days of the Russian investigation, the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails and their impact on election night in 2016, when Donald Trump shocked the world and was elected president. The second part is a virtual account of the stormy daily relationship between Comey and Trump and the intense and chaotic first months of Trump’s presidency, when allies became enemies, enemies became friends, and the truth depends on which side you’re on.

In addition to Daniels and Gleeson, The Comedy Rule features an ensemble of Oscar, Emmy, Golden Globe(R) and Tony(R) winning talent, including Holly Hunter (The Piano) as former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, Michael Kelly (Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan) as former FBI Director Andrew McCabe, Jennifer Ehle (Zero Dark Thirty) as Patrice Comey, Scoot McNairy (Halt and Catch Fire) as former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul) as former National Intelligence Director James Clapper, Oona Chaplin (Game of Thrones) as former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, Amy Seimetz (The Girlfriend Experience) as former FBI lawyer Trisha Anderson, Steven Pasquale (The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story) as former FBI agent Peter Strzok, Peter Coyote (The Disappearance) as Robert Mueller and Kingsley Ben-Adir (High Fidelity) as President Barack Obama. Steve Zissis (Togetherness), Shawn Doyle (House of Cards), Brian d’Arcy James (Spotlight), Dalmar Abuzeid (Anne with an E), William Sadler (When They See Us), Richard Thomas (Tell Me Your Secrets), T.R. Knight (Grey’s Anatomy), Joe Lo Truglio (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Spencer Garrett (Bombshell), Michael Hyatt (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Damon Gupton (Black Lightning) and Seann Gallagher (Good Witch) also star.