Jeff Daniels To Star In Drama ‘Rust’ For Showtime

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01 Aug 19

Jeff Daniels To Star In Drama ‘Rust’ For Showtime

US network Showtime has given a straight-to-series order to new drama Rust, based on Philipp Meyer’s celebrated debut novel ‘American Rust’, starring Emmy winner and Tony and Golden Globe nominee Jeff Daniels.

‘Rust’ is a compelling family drama that will explore the tattered American dream through the eyes of complicated and compromised chief of police Del Harris (Daniels) in a Rust Belt town in southwest Pennsylvania. When the woman he truly loves sees her son accused of murder, Harris is forced to decide what he’s willing to do to protect him.

Oscar nominee Dan Futterman (‘Capote’) will write multiple episodes of the series and executive produce alongside Daniels. The duo previously worked together on 9/11 drama ‘The Looming Tower’.

“Jeff Daniels is a bona fide giant on stage and screen, and Dan Futterman is a special writer and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have them together at Showtime,” commented Gary Levine Co-President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks. “With vibrant characters caught in an unpredictable murder mystery, ‘Rust’ will tell the relevant and touching human story of the corrosion of the American dream.”

Daniels is a five-time Emmy nominee, winning in Best Lead Actor for ‘The Newsroom’ and Best Supporting Actor for ‘Godless’. He has also received Golden Globe nominations on the big screen for his performances in ‘The Purple Rose of Cairo’, ‘Something Wild’ and ‘The Squid and the Whale’, as well as one for ‘The Newsroom’. Daniels is also a three-time individual Screen Actors Guild Award nominee. His other major screen roles include the ‘Dumb and Dumber’ franchise, ‘The Martian’, ‘Looper’, ‘Good Night and Good Luck’, ‘The Hours’, ‘Pleasantville’, ‘Radio Days’, and ‘Terms of Endearment’. The founder and director of the Purple Rose Theatre Company, Daniels is also a three-time Tony nominee for ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ (the highest-grossing American play in Broadway history), ‘Blackbird’ and ‘God of Carnage’.

Futterman has received Academy Award nominations in the Best Adapted Screenplay category for writing ‘Capote’ (also earning him a BAFTA nomination) and in Best Original Screenplay for co-writing ‘Foxcatcher’. He is a three-time Writers Guild of America nominee, for the aforementioned films as well as ‘The Looming Tower’, which starred Daniels. His television writing credits also include ‘Gracepoint’ and ‘In Treatment’. On-screen, Futterman shared in a SAG Award nomination for ‘The Birdcage’, and has also appeared in film and TV roles including ‘Kill the Messenger’, ‘Political Animals’, ‘Hello I Must Be Going’, ‘Judging Amy’ and ‘Will & Grace’.

The series is executive produced by Dan Futterman, Michael De Luca (‘Escape At Dannemora’), Jeff Daniels and Elisa Ellis (‘Narcos’, ‘Hannibal’) for Platform One Media, which is headed by CEO Katie O’Connell Marsh.

There is currently no premiere date for Rust, although we would expect it to land in 2020 on Showtime in the US. It should also come to Sky Atlantic in the UK via their overall carriage deal with Showtime, but we’ll let you know when something is confirmed.