The Comey Rule Cast, Creative Team on Adapting History As It Happens

With political tensions across the U.S. burning at all-time highs, Showtime's limited series adaptation of former FBI head James Comey's New York Times bestselling book A Higher Loyalty (as well as additional interviews) is as essential now as ever before. The Comey Rule stars  Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom) as Comey and Brendan Gleeson (Mr. Mercedes) as Donald Trump, as well as a killer line-up of acting talent (check out the list below)- and now Showtime is offering viewers a look behind the scenes before its premiere later this month (Sunday, September 27, at 9 pm ET/8 pm CT).

A look at The Comey Rule (Image: Showtime/ViacomCBS)
A look at The Comey Rule (Image: Showtime/ViacomCBS)

In the following video, Comey, the cast, and the creative team discuss what it was like adapting a part of American history that is still in motion, how they approached giving each character a more realistic portrayal, and more:

Based on Comey's No. 1 New York Times bestselling book A Higher Loyalty and more than a year of additional interviews with a number of key principals, THE COMEY RULE is an immersive, behind-the-headlines account of the historically turbulent events surrounding the 2016 presidential election and its aftermath, which divided a nation. THE COMEY RULE is not a biopic of one man, but is instead the story of two powerful figures, Comey and Trump, whose strikingly different personalities, ethics and loyalties put them on a collision course.

A look at The Comey Rule (Image: Showtime/ViacomCBS)
A look at The Comey Rule (Image: Showtime/ViacomCBS)

In addition to Daniels and Gleeson, The Comey Rule features Holly Hunter (The Piano) as former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, Michael Kelly (Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan) as former FBI Director Andrew McCabe, Jennifer Ehle (Zero Dark Thirty) as Patrice Comey, Scoot McNairy (Halt and Catch Fire) as former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul) as former National Intelligence Director James Clapper, Oona Chaplin (Game of Thrones) as former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, Amy Seimetz (The Girlfriend Experience) as former FBI lawyer Trisha Anderson, Steven Pasquale (The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story) as former FBI agent Peter Strzok, Peter Coyote (The Disappearance) as Robert Mueller and Kingsley Ben-Adir (High Fidelity) as President Barack Obama.

In addition, the Showtime limited series stars Steve Zissis (Togetherness), Shawn Doyle (House of Cards), Brian d'Arcy James (Spotlight), Dalmar Abuzeid (Anne with an E), William Sadler (When They See Us), Richard Thomas (Tell Me Your Secrets), T.R. Knight (Grey's Anatomy), Joe Lo Truglio (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Spencer Garrett (Bombshell), Michael Hyatt (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Damon Gupton (Black Lightning), and Seann Gallagher (Good Witch). Adapted for the screen and directed by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) and executive produced by Shane Salerno, Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, and Ray, The Comey Rule was produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Home Run Productions, The Story Factory, and Secret Hideout.

About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.

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