Hulu’s ‘The Looming Tower’ Casts Peter Sarsgaard as CIA Analyst

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Hulu’s “The Looming Tower” has snagged Peter Sarsgaard to star opposite Jeff Daniels, Variety has learned.

The 10-episode drama, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning expose by Lawrence Wright on the in-fighting between the FBI and CIA in the years leading up to 9/11, was ordered to series in September by the streaming service. It 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.

Sarsgaard will play Martin Schmidt, a CIA analyst who invariably believes he’s by far the smartest person in the room. Under orders to share intelligence with John O’Neill (Daniels) and the FBI, Schmidt opts instead to horde information under the misguided notion that the CIA is the only agency equipped to battle potential terrorist threats. He locks horns with O’Neill, the bull-headed FBI veteran who is rightly convinced that the U.S. has been targeted for attack by Al-Qaeda, and is frustrated by the competitiveness and lack of cooperation among other law enforcement agencies.

“Looming Tower” hails from Legendary Television and is executive produced by Alex Gibney, writer Dan Futterman (“Foxcatcher”), and Wright. Craig Zisk is also directing and exec producing.  Legendary Television Distribution will distribute the series worldwide.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    How dare you use the sanctity of 911 to make money on a cheapened television series. I am appalled that Hollywood would transform America’s largest most profound tragedy into a television series. You should know that in your quest for “entertainment ” you are allowing for the door to be open for Aq to set the record straight in their own manner. 911 is not to be made into a 10 series countdown. I want you to know that by using this series to portray the vulnerabilities of American agencies and her Homeland, you are perpetuating further attacks on America. 911 is not yours to make into a movie nor an entertainment series. 911 is for America to honor and cherish those who perished. I will not be watching your series . I will rather pray we never have another 911 attack. Hulu or whomever your producer is,,you should be ashamed .That is what you do Hollywood. You make money off of tragedies that torture America and you should be ashamed. 911 is and should be off limits to anyone who wishes to produce hatred, divide, mockery towards anyone and everyone who died that day. Show some respect. Let 911 be honored without spitting in the faces of the agencies who at least tried to prevent attacks. If you want to have a television series then for goodness sakes create a series that can be useful to helping others in need across America. Don’t make your paycheck off those who died trying to save her .

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