Oscar winner Hilary Swank is the latest big name to join the cast of “Trust,” FX’s upcoming Danny Boyle-directed show about the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III.
TheWrap has learned that Swank will be playing Gail Getty, mother to the kidnapped Getty and the person responsible for paying his multi-million dollar ransom, despite the fact she’s broke.
She will be starring alongside Donald Sutherland, who was cast to play J. Paul Getty, the oil magnate and founder of the Getty family dynasty. However, he can’t help with the younger Getty’s ransom, since he’s isolated in a Tudor mansion surrounded by five mistresses and a pet lion.
“Trust” is FX’s latest anthology series, which seeks to unlock the mysteries of every family, regardless of wealth or stature. The first 10-episode installment will be about the Gettys in 1973, following the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III, which is famous for its dysfunction. Most of the family, and the police, thought the ransom note — which asked for $17 million — was a joke. Even the Italian police declined to investigate.
Boyle, Simon Beaufoy, and Christian Colson are executive producing, with Beaufoy also writing. It will be produced by FX Productions, Cloud Eight Films, Decibel Films and Snicket Films Limited.
The three previously worked together on Oscar-nominated films “Slumdog Millionaire,” and “127 Hours,” with Boyle directing, Beaufoy writing the screenplay, and Colson producing.
Swank has been working sporadically in recent years. Her most recent projects include providing a voice in “Spark: A Space Tail” and the upcoming Steven Soderbergh project “Logan Lucky.”
The show is set to start production in June in London and Rome ahead of its premiere in January 2018.