Sky Atlantic will be the UK TV home for FX series Trust, which stars Donald Sutherland and Hilary Swank.
From the Oscar-winning Sulmdog Millionaire team of Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy and Christian Colson, it tells the rebellious story of the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III, heir to the Getty oil fortune. Inspired by actual events, the 10-part series delves into the trials and triumphs of one of America’s wealthiest and unhappiest families. Equal parts dynastic saga and an examination of the corrosive power of money, Trust explores the complexities at the heart of every family, rich or poor.
Told over multiple series and spanning the 20th century, Trust begins in 1973 with the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III (Harris Dickinson), an heir to the Getty oil fortune, by the Italian mafia in Rome. His captors banked on a multi-million dollar ransom. After all, what rich family wouldn’t pay for the return of a loved one? Paul’s grandfather, J. Paul Getty Sr. (Donald Sutherland), an enigmatic oil tycoon and possibly the richest man in the world, is marooned in a Tudor mansion in the English countryside surrounded by a harem of mistresses and a pet lion. He’s busy. Paul’s father, J. Paul Getty Jr. (Michael Esper), is lost in a daze in London and refuses to answer the phone. Only Paul’s mother, Gail Getty (Hilary Swank), is left to negotiate with the increasingly desperate kidnappers. Unfortunately, she’s broke. Trust charts the teenage grandson’s nightmare ordeal at the hands of kidnappers who cannot understand why nobody seems to want their captive back.
Trust is written by Simon Beaufoy and executive produced by Danny Boyle, Beaufoy and Christian Colson, with Boyle directing the first three episodes. The show is produced by FX Productions, Cloud Eight Films, Decibal Films and Snicket Films Limited.
Trust was acquired for Sky from Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution by Lucy Criddle, Sky’s Head of Acquisitions Series. The series will be available exclusively on Sky Atlantic respectively across the UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany and Austria this spring. It will also be available on streaming service NOW TV in the UK and Ireland, as part of a £7.99 monthly Entertainment Pass subscription.