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Alec Baldwin joins Hulu’s 9/11 drama, The Looming Tower

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After failing to set the literary world afire with his memoir, Alec Baldwin is going to have to stick to this acting thing a while longer. He’s already lined up one high-profile project: Hulu’s 9/11 drama, The Looming Tower. That tidbit was also shared during Hulu’s upfronts presentation today, which has already seen renewals and series orders handed out to well received and much anticipated projects like The Handmaid’s Tale and The Runaways.

Based on Lawrence Wright’s book, the series will focus on the events leading up to the September 11th terrorist attacks, as well as the professional rivalry between the CIA and the FBI that could have proven to be a big enough distraction to keep them from catching onto the plans for the attack sooner. The Looming Tower adaptation comes from Dan Futterman and Alex Gibney, and has already drawn Peter Sarsgaard and Jeff Daniels to the cast. We previously reported that Daniels will play the FBI counterterrorism chief John O’Neill, which means that, as former CIA director George Tenet, Baldwin’s going to bust his balls. Elsewhere in the cast, Sarsgaard and Wrenn Schmidt will play CIA analysts, while Tahar Rahim has taken on the role of Ali Soufan, one of O’Neill’s “most-trusted protégés.”


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