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Jeff Daniels to star in Rust for Showtime

Jeff Daniels

Story by Jack Foley

JEFF Daniels is to star in and executive produce a new drama called Rust for Showtime in the US.

Based on Philipp Meyer’s novel American Rust, the show will follow a character named Del Harris (to be played by Daniels), who is described as a complicated and compromised police chief of a town in south-western Pennsylvania.

When the son of the woman he loves is accused of murder, Harris must decide what he’s willing to do to protect the young man.

The project was initially set up in 2017 at Showtime but was scrapped after a lead actor could not be found.

Daniels is now on board along with Oscar-nominated writer Dan Futterman (Foxcatcher, Capote), who worked with Daniels on Hulu’s critically-acclaimed 9/11 series, The Looming Tower.

Futterman is attached to pen multiple episodes and executive produce.

Announcing the casting news, Showtime Entertainment co-president Gary Levine said: “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.

“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 two-time Emmy winner (for HBO’s The Newsroom and Netflix’s Godless) and has been nominated three other times, including – most recently – for The Looming Tower in 2018.