Actress Hilary Swank is returning to her TV roots to star in Danny Boyle’s John Paul Getty III kidnap drama Trust.
The Million Dollar Baby star will portray Gail Getty, the mother of the young oil heir, who was snatched as a teenager in Rome, Italy in 1973, reports Variety.com.
Gail, born Abigail Harris, begged her father-in-law, billionaire J. Paul Getty, to pay the abductors’ ransom, but he initially refused, and only gave in after the thugs posted the teen’s ear to the family.
Swank joins Donald Sutherland, who plays the teen’s penny-pinching grandfather, reuniting the two actors 25 years after they starred in 1992 movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which inspired the TV series of the same name.
The new role also marks Hilary’s first big TV gig since the late 1990s, when she featured as a regular on shows like Beverly Hills 90210, Leaving L.A., and Camp Wilder.
Production on Boyle’s forthcoming anthology series is set to begin in London in June (17), and the show will premiere on America’s FX network in January (18).
Trust isn’t the only project in development to chronicle the Getty kidnapping ordeal – Ridley Scott has signed on to direct a movie version, titled All the Money In the World. Michelle Williams recently entered talks to replace Natalie Portman as the abducted teen’s mum, with Kevin Spacey emerging as the latest frontrunner to play the boy’s grandfather, and Mark Wahlberg reportedly circling the role of Fletcher Chase, an ex-CIA agent dispatched to Rome to help find John Paul.
The harrowing incident left Getty III traumatized and he suffered a drug overdose, which led to a stroke, and kidney failure. He died a paraplegic in 2011 at the age of 54.