FX has released the official trailer for Danny Boyle’s Trust, a 10-episode look into the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III, and the outrageous events that followed. The Getty family theatrics have been in the news again lately, but this time due to the two competing Hollywood projects on the wealthy clan, with Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World hastily scrubbing Kevin Spacey from the film and reshooting scenes with Christopher Plummer in the role. While the drama surrounding that unconventional, last-minute recasting has perhaps outshined the movie itself, FX is hoping to make a much bigger splash with its new series that is set to premiere in March.
Competing projects on the same subject isn’t unheard of and it seems even more common with regard to FX’s slate of true-crime limited or anthology series. The network’s People v. O.J. Simpson was released the same year as Ezra Edelman’s acclaimed documentary O.J.: Made in America, both of which went on to net numerous awards. This time, however, rather than bring in FX Networks mainstay Ryan Murphy, the powers that be have brought in director Danny Boyle, along with his frequent collaborator Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) to offer what looks to be a darkly comic take on the ultra rich family, starting with the infamous kidnapping to which the Getty name will forever be linked.
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Though the use of Pink Floyd’s ‘Money’ is perhaps too on the nose, the trailer delivers what looks to be an entertaining glimpse into the world of John Paul Getty (Donal Sutherland) and his response to the kidnapping of his grandson J. Paul Getty III (Harris Dickinson). You can read a synopsis for the series below:
“Inspired by actual events, Trust delves into the trials and triumphs of one of America’s wealthiest and unhappiest families, the Gettys. Equal parts family history, 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 seasons and spanning the twentieth century, the series 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?”
What’s most striking about the trailer is the tone of the series and the degree to which it feels very much like a Boyle project — albeit one that will be stretched out over the course of 10 hours. From JPG III struggling to use the payphone in the massive Getty mansion to Brendan Fraser in a 10-gallon cowboy hat to the look of joy on Sutherland’s face when a lion stares down the members of his family, everything seems delivered with a sly, sardonic wink. That’s a far cry from the thriller Scott’s All the Money In the World positioned itself as, so it appears that audiences really will have two remarkably different takes on the same story.
Since the new series doesn’t premiere until the end of March, audiences will be susceptible to Getty fatigue (second only to superhero fatigue on the unofficial 2018 Pop Culture Fatique Scale). By that time, All the Money in the World will likely be available to rent, so if you want, you can compare the two projects and see which one strikes the right tone on this strange real-life story.
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Trust premieres Sunday, March 25 on FX.