Alec Baldwin to Guest Star as CIA Director in Hulu’s ‘The Looming Tower’

Upfronts 2017: The “SNL” veteran join Jeff Daniels and Peter Sarsgaard in 9/11-related drama

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Alec Baldwin will guest star as CIA Director George Tenet in Hulu’s “The Looming Tower,” the streaming network announced Wednesday morning at its annual upfront event. Tenet is Richard Clarke’s (Michael Stuhlbarg) partner in fighting al-Qaeda, though he may know more than he is letting on, per Hulu.

The Legendary Television drama, which traces the rising threat of Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda, also stars Jeff Daniels and Peter Sarsgaard. It takes a controversial look at how the rivalry between the CIA and FBI inadvertently might have set the stage for the tragedy of 9/11 and the war in Iraq.

“The Looming Tower,” an adaptation of Lawrence Wright’s Pulitzer Prize-winning expose, is written by Dan Futterman and directed by Alex Gibney. Futterman, Gibney and Wright are executive producers on the 10-episode series.

Also during Hulu’s upfront event, the subscription video on demand service renewed “The Handmaid’s Tale” for a second season, ordered Beau Willimon’s Mars drama “The First” to series, and officially launched its live TV streaming service with Scripps Networks channels. On Monday, Hulu revealed that NBCUniversal channels would be a part of its the live TV streaming service’s 50-plus channels.

Hulu has signed a number of high-profile deals recently, including an output licensing agreement with Annapurna Pictures and a streaming deal with Neon, which just released its first feature “Colossal.”

The Hulu upfront event took place at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.