By Gabrielle Pantera @gpantera
Premiere, a 10-part series following the FBI and CIA tracking Osama Bin Laden before 9/11, on February 28th, 2018
HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Daily Star) 2018/2/28 – “As presented, it’s a battle,” says The Looming Tower star Jeff Daniels. “It’s a battle to get heard. And the way he delivered his message wasn’t always necessarily compatible with people listening to him. He was belligerent. He blasted people. When he didn’t get his way, he screamed and yelled. But in the end he was right.”
The Looming Tower a 10-part series about the CIA and FBI and their concurrent efforts to track Osama Bin Laden before 9/11. The CIA and the FBI missed the signs of a potential terror attack on America because they wouldn’t work together. Loosely based on Lawrence Wright’s Pulitzer Prize winning investigative book, the first three episodes are available to watch on HULU.
“So there were all kinds of obstacles, not only professionally, but personally he was a as his partner told me, he gulped life,” says Daniels. “Everything was intense. Everything he did had an intensity to it. And that was interesting to play because I’d never played it. And as I told Danny when I signed on, I had to clue as to how to play it, which is if you risk failure, then I get interested.”
When the Twin towers were hit, it was the second time they had been targeted. The first attach was bungled. The second try killed over 3,000 people, including the new WTC security chief O’Neill.
Jeff Daniels as John O’Neill is chief of the New York FBI’s Counter-terrorism Center known as I-49. He’s convinced that Al Qaeda has targeted the United States. The CIA disbelieves his beliefs.
Peter Sarsgaard as Martin Schmidt, the CIA chief of Counter-terrorism Center Schmidt withholds information from O’Neill because he thinks the CIA is better equipped to deal with potential terrorist threats.
- Wrenn Schmidt as Diane Priest
- Bill Camp as Robert Chesney
- Louis Cancelmi as Vince Stuart
- Virginia Kull as Kathy Shaughnessy
- Ella Rae Peck as Heather
- Sullivan Jones as Floyd Bennet
- Michael Stuhlbarg as Richard Clarke
Executive produced by Wright, Alex Gibney, Craig Zisk, Adam Rapp and Dan Futterman.