We always love when two filmmakers somehow both end up racing each other to release projects about the exact same subject. We’ve had it with volcanoes, asteroids, Truman Capote and, this year, Winston Churchill, and the next battle brewing is a particularly obscure one: two rival projects about the 1973 kidnapping of John Paul Getty III, the heir to the billion-dollar Getty oil fortune. It’s a fascinating story — Getty was 16 when he was kidnapped by the Mafia in Rome, at which point his grandfather refused to pay the ransom, arguing that it would make his other relatives a target, forcing his mother to battle with her estranged father-in-law for his freedom.
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As for the two projects, in the red corner, we have Ridley Scott, who’s lined up Michelle Williams, Kevin Spacey and Mark Wahlberg to star in “All The Money In The World,” a movie version of the tale, with Williams set to play Gail Getty, Getty III’s mother; Spacey as John Paul Getty Sr.; and Mark Wahlberg as an ex-FBI agent, with shooting hoped to begin this month. And in the blue corner, we have Danny Boyle, who’s reteamed with “Slumdog Millionaire” writer Simon Beaufoy for “Trust,” which would follow the Gettys for five decades, but begin with a season following the kidnapping events of Scott’s movie. And he’s just landed some similarly starry talent.
TV Line report that double Oscar winner Hilary Swank has signed on to join Donald Sutherland in the series, which is set up at FX. Sutherland will play J. Paul Getty, while Swank will play Gail. Aside from a couple of TV movies, including HBO one-off “Mary And Martha,” this is Swank’s first foray into TV since she became a movie star, though she was previously linked to Alejandro González Iñárritu’s series “The One Percent.” She was said to still be involved in that project, but with the show now without a network, she might well have fallen away and jumped across to the Boyle series.
Anyway, it’s exciting news, and hopefully gives Swank the kind of role she hasn’t had on the big screen in a while — maybe she’ll have an Emmy to join those Oscars before too long. Filming will begin in June ahead of a 2018 bow.