‘The Looming Tower’: Tahar Rahim To Star In Hulu’s 9/11 Drama Series
Tahar Rahim has been tapped as one of the two leads in Hulu’s high-profile The Looming Tower, a straight-to-series drama based on Lawrence Wright’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 9/11 exposé, from Oscar-nominated Dan Futterman (Foxcatcher), Oscar- and Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney (Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief) and Legendary Television.
The Looming Tower traces the rising threat of Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda, and takes a controversial look at how the rivalry between the CIA and FBI may have inadvertently set the stage for the tragedy of 9/11 and the war in Iraq. It centers on Ali Soufan (Rahim) and John O’Neill. Ali Soufan a young FBI agent on John O’Neill’s I-49 anti-terrorism squad who quickly ascends to O’Neill’s protégé due to his brilliance, as well as his fluency in Arabic and Islam. Ali is outraged by the perversion of his religion by enemies of the United States and uses every tool at his disposal, including going undercover in extremists’ gathering spaces, in order to prevent catastrophes.
Futterman, Gibney and Wright will executive produce the series, eyed for a 2017 premiere.
Rahim, repped by UTA, can next be seen in Garth Davis’ upcoming epic, Mary Magdalene, starring as Judas, alongside Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Jeff Daniels to Star in Hulu's 9/11 Drama 'Looming Tower'
The 10-episode project marks the latest TV role for the 'Newsroom' grad. Jeff Daniels is headed for Hulu.
The Emmy-winning actor has signed on to star in the streaming service's 9/11 drama The Looming Tower, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The project is based on Lawrence Wright's Pulitzer Price-winning book and tracks the rising threat of Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda and examines how the rivalry between the CIA and FBI may have inadvertently set the stage for the Sept. 11, 2001, tragedy as well as subsequent war in Iraq.
Daniels will star in the 10-episode drama as John O'Neill, the determined, bull-headed chief of the New York FBI’s Counter-Terrorism unit. The character is rightly convinced that the U.S. has been targeted for attack by Al-Qaeda, and faces deliberately insufficient cooperation from other facets of the federal government, particularly from his counterpart at the frequently antagonistic CIA. A man of appetites, O’Neill is a lover of expensive food and drink, and is involved with at least two girlfriends, neither of whom know about his wife and children.
Dan Futterman (Foxcatcher, Capote) is writing the adaptation and executive producing the Legendary Television series alongside Oscar- and Emmy-winning director Alex Gibney (Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief). Wright will also exec produce the series.
Looming Tower marks the latest TV role for Daniels, who won an Emmy for his lead role on HBO's Aaron Sorkin drama The Newsroom. He next stars in Netflix's Steven Soderberg Western limited series Godless. On the big screen, the actor is currently in production on The Catcher Was a Spy. His credits include The Martian; Dumb & Dumber; Good Night, and Good Luck; and Steve Jobs. Daniels is repped by ICM Partners.
Daniels joins a cast that also includes Michael Stuhlbarg, Bill Camp and Tahar Rahim.