The Comey Rule: Trailer for the drama series about Donald Trump
The Comey Rule was brought to screen following the release of the book A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership which was written by the former FBI director, James Comey. In the two-part drama, viewers are given an insight into what happened in the lead up to the 2016 presidential election and how former President Trump held himself in office during the first few months after his inauguration. Airing on Showtime in America, the mini-series is available to Amazon Prime Video and NOW TV members in the UK. Here is everything you need to know about who is in the cast.
Who is in the cast of The Comey Rule?
James Comey played by Jeff Daniels
Leading the cast is The Newsroom star and Dumb and Dumber actor Jeff Daniels in the role of the main character, Comey.
The former FBI director held his position from 2013 until 2017 when he was fired by the President as Trump had become the centre of an investigation exploring whether there was Russian interference during his election campaign.
Based on the book he wrote, the mini-series documents Comey’s duties under the Trump administration and he goes on to detail what it was like working for the President.
The writer and director of the drama, Billy Ray, explained Daniels was the only person to take on such a role in the show.
“You know the guy’s telling you the truth. With someone as polarising as Comey, that’s an important hire. Jeff is someone America already trusted,” he told IndieWire.
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The Comey Rule cast: Who is in the Donald Trump drama?
The Comey Rule: James Comey is played by Jeff Daniels and Donald Trump was played by Brendan Gleeson
President Donald Trump played by Brendan Gleeson
Playing the role of the 45th President of the United States of America is Brendan Gleeson, best known for his roles in cinematic hits such as Harry Potter and Braveheart.
Gleeson’s television work has seen him star as former wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill in the drama, Into The Storm.
Taking on Trump was a pivotal role in the drama as Gleeson had to play a man who was put under the microscope for firing Comey.
Speaking of playing Trump, Gleeson said: ” I was unsure I was going to learn anything about him from what was there. Because it’s really Comey’s story; this isn’t an exploration of Donald Trump.
“I knew this stuff about his public persona; I didn’t really understand any more about his private motivations beyond the political or beyond whatever,” he told Deadline.
The Comey Rule: James Comey and Donald Trump take centre stage in the drama
I didn’t really understand
Sally Yates played by Holly Hunter
Holly takes on the role of Yates, who was Acting Attorney General in January 2017 in the first few days of the Trump Administration.
After 10 days, she was fired from the role for insubordination as she did agree with the sanction of Executive Order 13769 which temporarily banned refugees from America.
The former Attorney General went back to practising privately after her departure from the role as was considered a candidate for her former role when Joe Biden became President.
Hunter is best known for her roles in Hollywood blockbusters such as The Piano, Broadcast News and The Incredibles.
Andrew McCabe played by Michael Kelly
The former FBI deputy director is portrayed by Michael Kelly, whose other roles include playing Doug Stamper in House of Cards and Agent Ron Goddard in The Sopranos.
Kelly plays a man who was the FBI deputy director from 2016 to 2018 and when Comey was fired as director, he temporarily took on the role.
Just one day before he was meant to retire, McCabe was dismissed from the authorities following reports he had released information to The Wall Street Journal about the investigation into the Clinton Foundation.
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Patrice Comey played by Jennifer Ehle
Jennifer Ehle plays the wife of former FBI director Comes, who makes regular appearances in the book and during the series.
The real-life couple have been married since 1987 and have one child together, their daughter Maurene Comey.
Viewers might recognise Jennifer from her roles in the 1995 mini-series Pride and Prejudice and The King’s Speech.
Rod Rosenstein played by Scoot McNairy
Scoot McNairy takes on the role of Rosentein in the two-part drama, who was the replacement Attorney General following Yates’ dismissal.
The real-life character had the role for two years after his appointment in 2017 and he bowed out from the job in May 2019.
He played a fundamental part in firing Comey from the FBI, having written the memo Trump sent to the former director of the FBI.
McNairy is best known for playing roles in films such as 12 Years a Slave, Gone Girl and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
James Clapper played by Jonathan Banks
Known for his roles in films such as Beverley Hills Cop and El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, Jonathan Banks plays Clapper in the mini-series.
Clapper was the former Director of National Intelligence and was instrumental during Barack Obama’s time as President.
Ahead of resigning from the position towards the end of Obama’s time in office, Clapper was accused of perjury.
It was claimed he told a congressional committee the National Security Agency did not collect the data if millions of Americans in 2013 over an investigation into telephone metadata.
Peter Strzok played by Steven Pasquale
Steven Pasquale plays Strzok, a man who went head to head with Trump and who led the investigation into Russian interference during the Presidential campaign.
However, he was removed from the FBI when it was discovered he had criticised the President in private text messages.
Pasquale is best known for his roles in television shows such as Six Feet Under and Rescue Me, in which he starred as Sean Garrity for 93 episodes.
Lisa Page played by Oona Chaplin
Page is portrayed by Oona Chaplin, who was fundamental in Strzok’s dismissal as she was the one he was sharing the text messages with.
Chaplin is best known for starring in films such as The Devil’s Double and her television work includes programmes such as Game of Thrones in which she played Talisa Maegyr.
Trisha Anderson played by Amy Seimetz
Amy Seimetz plays Anderson, whose role in the series sees her play an FBI agent investigating Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential elections.
On preparing for the role, Seimetz said in an interview with Newsweek: “I think everyone can attest to making sure you can say the words. It’s legal language, and there are words you don’t use.
“It’s an entirely new language, you know? It was a lot of memorisation and making it sound like I knew what I was talking about.
Seimetz is best known for playing roles in television shows such as Stranger Things, The Girlfriend Experience and Sweet Tooth.
The Comey Rule is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video and NOW TV.