Brendan Gleeson as Trump? Revisiting the shock casting shoice from CBS's star-studded miniseries!

    Revisiting the grandeur of 2019 when Jeff Daniels was cast as James Comey in CBS's miniseries. With Brendan Gleeson portraying Trump, it was the talk of the town! Dive into the nostalgia with us.

    <p>Jeff Daniels and James Comey (Source: CBS)</p>

    Back in the fall of 2019, Hollywood was buzzing with the announcement of an electrifying project. Jeff Daniels, a name synonymous with remarkable performances, was gearing up to play the tumultuous role of the former FBI Director, James Comey.

    The Miniseries That Had Everyone Talking

    CBS Studios pulled out all the stops. Their four-hour event miniseries, drawing inspiration from Comey’s memoir, "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership," had us all at the edge of our seats, eagerly awaiting its release. While the series, intriguingly untitled back then, did not have a confirmed airdate or platform (Showtime, CBS Access or both were options), the talent attached was undeniable. Not to forget, “Jeff is so perfect for this part...I was looking at the only person who could play Jim Comey. Lucky for me, he said yes,” Billy Ray, the adaptative genius behind “Captain Phillips” remarked on the brilliant casting choice of Daniels.

    Billy Ray, besides adapting, also took up the mantle of directing the miniseries. With big names like Alex Kurtzman, Shane Salerno, and Heather Kadin executive producing, it was set to be nothing short of a masterpiece.

    But Daniels wasn't the only star making waves. Who could forget the announcement of Brendan Gleeson taking on the mantle of President Donald Trump? A casting decision that left many mouths agape. As Ray rightly put it, “It’s hard to imagine a bigger acting challenge than playing Donald Trump...Not many actors check all those boxes. Brendan does. I’m ecstatic about this.”

    The storyline promised a deep dive, especially considering Comey’s rocky tenure and eventual dismissal in 2017. The dramatic twist? Comey found out about his ousting through a TV news broadcast while addressing agents! This miniseries was clearly aiming to shed light on these dramatic political whirlwinds.

    A Stellar Supporting Cast

    To complement Daniels and Gleeson, Michael Kelly was roped in as Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe and Jennifer Ehle to portray Patrice Comey, James’s supportive wife. Every actor, a shining star in their respective domain, was represented by some of the industry's finest agencies.

    Produced by powerhouses like Secret Hideout, The Story Factory, and Home Run Productions, the miniseries was shaping up to be the year's biggest event.

    Today, as we look back, it’s clear that this was a defining moment in television. A confluence of talent, narrative, and nostalgia, reminding us once again of the magic Hollywood can weave when it brings together the right people.

    (Several parts of the text in this article, including the title, were generated with the help of an AI tool.)

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