FX just announced Oscar winner Hilary Swank (Boys Don’t Cry, Million Dollar Baby) has signed on to the limited series, Trust. Swank will play John Paul Getty III’s mother, Gail Getty, in the 10 episode limited dramatic series based on the Getty kidnapping. Swank joins Donald Sutherland who was previously announced to star as J. Paul Getty, the founder of the Getty oil dynasty.
Trust is executive produced, written, and directed by Oscar winner Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire). Simon Beaufoy and Christian Colson are also on board as executive producers. Filming’s expected to begin this June in Rome and London, with FX targeting a 2018 premiere.
The Trust 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 10 episode 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.