Danny Boyle’s FX series “Trust” is rounding out its cast, casting newcomer Harris Dickinson to play J. Paul Getty III.
The first installment of “Trust” tells the story of John Paul Getty III, heir to the Getty oil fortune.
It is set in 1973, when the young Getty is kidnapped in Rome and his mafia captors are banking on a multi-million dollar ransom. After all, what rich family wouldn’t pay for the return of a loved one? Trust charts the young man’s nightmare ordeal at the hands of kidnappers who cannot understand why nobody seems to want their captive back. The Italian police think it’s a prank and decline to investigate. Paul’s father is lost in a heroin daze in London and refuses to answer the phone. Paul’s grandfather (Donald Sutherland) – possibly the richest man in the world – is marooned in a Tudor mansion in the English countryside surrounded by five mistresses and a pet lion. He’s busy. Only Paul’s mother (Hillary Swank) is left to negotiate with increasingly desperate kidnappers. Problem is, she’s broke.
Dickinson’s character isdescribed as idealistic yet rebellious, who increasingly feels the burden of his famous name.
The limited series is being executive produced by Boyle, Simon Beaufoy and Christian Colson. Written by Beaufoy and directed by Boyle, the first installment will be produced by FX Productions, Cloud Eight Films, Decibel Films and Snicket Films Limited.