Brendan Fraser has joined the cast of the FX anthology TV series Trust.
Variety reports that Fraser will step aboard the project in a leading role, joining the likes of stars Donald Sutherland and Hilary Swank.
The initial 10 episode instalment will be set in 1973 and will tell the tale of John Paul Getty III, heir to the Getty oil fortune, who is kidnapped in Rome by the mafia in hope of a big ransom pay out for his return.
The series comes by the way of Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy, and Christian Colson. The show is described as being a family dynastic saga that will examine the corrosive power of money.
Fraser is set to play the role of Getty’s private investigator, James Fletcher Chance, an eccentric master fixer by the way of Texas.
FX have proved themselves pretty adapt at producing top quality anthologies with their present hit Fargo; currently airing its third season which stars Ewan McGregor.
Trust will be another chance for them to prove that anthologies are the way of the future, also allowing them to garner big stars as the actors know they won’t be tied down for multiple seasons.
The first installment takes place in 1973, when the young Getty is kidnapped in Rome and his mafia captors are banking on a multi-million dollar ransom. After all, what rich family wouldn’t pay for the return of a loved one? ‘Trust’ charts the young man’s nightmare ordeal at the hands of kidnappers who cannot understand why nobody seems to want their captive back. The Italian police think it’s a prank and decline to investigate. Paul’s father is lost in a heroin daze in London and refuses to answer the phone. Paul’s grandfather — possibly the richest man in the world — is marooned in a Tudor mansion in the English countryside surrounded by five mistresses and a pet lion. He’s busy. Only Paul’s mother is left to negotiate with increasingly desperate kidnappers. Problem is, she’s broke.