The cast of FX’s upcoming limited series Trust, based on the true story of John Paul Getty III’s kidnapping, has expanded by one. The network announced Brendan Fraser (The Mummy franchise, Crash) has joined the cast and will play James Fletcher Chace, “J. Paul Getty’s private investigator. Hailing from Texas, Chace is an eccentric, but also a master fixer.”
Fraser joins previously announced Trust cast members Donald Sutherland as J. Paul Getty, Hilary Swank as J. Paul Getty III’s mother, and Harris Dickinson as J. Paul Getty III. The 10 episode limited series is written by Simon Beaufoy and directed by Danny Boyle, the team behind 127 Hours and Slumdog Millionaire. Boyle and Beaufoy also executive produce along with Christian Colson.
Filming’s expected to get underway this month, with FX targeting a January 2018 premiere.
The Plot: Equal parts family history, dynastic saga and examination of the corrosive power of money, Trust is a story that attempts to unlock the mystery at the heart of every family, rich or poor.
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 – 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 is left to negotiate with increasingly desperate kidnappers. Problem is, she’s broke.