Emmy and Golden Globe winner Alec Baldwin is widely thought to have ambitions about a role in government, and he will get to fulfill those ambitions — at least on the TV screen — in the Hulu series “The Looming Tower.” Hulu announced today that Baldwin will play George Tenet, director of Central Intelligence for the CIA, in a guest role.
“He is Richard Clarke’s (Michael Stuhlbarg) partner in fighting al-Qaeda, though he may know more than he is letting on,” Hulu notes in its announcement.
Lawrence Wright’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 9/11 expose is being adapted for television as a 10-episode, hour-long drama series from Academy Award-nominated writer Dan Futterman (“Foxcatcher,” “Capote”) and Academy Award- and Emmy Award-winning director Alex Gibney (“Going Clear: Scientology and The Prison of Belief,” “Taxi to the Dark Side,” and “We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks”). The series comes from Legendary Television.
“‘The Looming Tower’ traces the rising threat of Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda, and takes a controversial look at how the rivalry between the CIA and FBI may have inadvertently set the stage for the tragedy of 9/11 and the war in Iraq,” the announcement notes.
Futterman, Gibney and Wright will serve as executive producers.
The cast includes Jeff Daniels (John O’Neill), Tahar Rahim (Ali Soufan), Peter Sarsgaard (Martin Schmidt), Michael Stuhlbarg (Richard Clarke), Bill Camp (Robert Chesney), Virginia Kull (Kathy Shaughnessy), Louis Cancelmi (Vince Stuart), Ella Rae Peck (Heather), Sullivan Jones (Floyd Bennet) and Wrenn Schmidt (Diane Priest).
Principal photography began today in New York.