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Sky Atlantic to air Danny Boyle's Trust in UK

Story by Jack Foley

TRUST, a new drama series from the Academy Award-winning Slumdog Millionaire team of Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy and Christian Colson, is to air on Sky Atlantic in the UK.

The drama will follow the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III, heir to the Getty oil fortune.

It will delve into the trials and triumphs of one of America’s wealthiest and unhappiest families, the Gettys, and will take the form of both a dynastic saga and an examination of the corrosive power of money.

Told over multiple series and spanning the 20th Century, Trust will pick up in 1973 with the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III (played by Harris Dickinson), an heir to the Getty oil fortune, by the Italian mafia in Rome in the hope of securing a multimillion-dollar ransom.

However, Paul’s grandfather, J. Paul Getty Sr. (played by Donald Sutherland), is reluctant to play ball, while Paul’s own father, J. Paul Getty Jr. (Michael Esper), is lost in a daze in London and refuses to answer the phone.

Only Paul’s mother, Gail Getty (Hilary Swank), is left to negotiate – but she’s broke.

Trust charts the teenage grandson’s nightmare ordeal at the hands of kidnappers who cannot understand why nobody seems to want their captive back.

Oscar-winner Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) has written the screenplay for Trust, while Boyle is set to direct the opening three episodes of the series.

The ensemble cast also includes Brendan Fraser (The Mummy) as J. Paul Getty’s private investigator, James Fletcher Chace and Anna Chancellor (The Hour) as J. Paul Getty’s confidant Penelope Kittson.

Ironically, the Getty kidnapping is also the current subject of a big budget movie currently on release in UK cinemas: Ridley Scott’s All The Money In The World.

Trust: Season 1 is coming to Sky Atlantic in Spring 2018.