Brendan Gleeson has been cast as Donald Trump in upcoming mini-series 2 years ago

Brendan Gleeson has been cast as Donald Trump in upcoming mini-series


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The wonderful Brendan Gleeson has been cast as Donald Trump in an upcoming mini-series, meaning that we will unfortunately have to watch it.

The Irish actor will play the current president of the United States in the TV series based on former FBI director James Comey's tell-all book, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies And Leadership.

The director was fired by Trump in summer of 2017 following the inquiry into Russian interference in the presidential election as well as links between Trump and Moscow.

The upcoming series will also star Jeff Daniels - of Dumb and Dumber and The Newsroom fame - as James Comey.

Director Billy Ray told Deadline that he's really excited about the prospect of Gleeson playing President Trump.

"It's hard to imagine a bigger acting challenge than playing Donald Trump," he said.


"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."

Ray added that he spent over a year researching the project to ensure that he presents the story as fair and as accurately as possible.

Gleeson, born in Dublin, is best known for his roles in In Bruges, Harry Potter, and more recently, the Stephen King TV adaptation of Mr Mercedes. 


The new series is set to start shooting next month. Alex Kurtzman, Shane Salerno and Heather Kadin are executive producing.

A release date has yet to be announced, but at this stage, we're probably looking at a 2020 release.

Comey's book A Higher Loyalty has sold over two million copies since its release. It also recently reappeared at the top of the bestsellers list thanks to its re-release in paperback.