Hulu will be revisiting one of the most tragic days in American history with the upcoming Hulu original series The Looming Tower. Centered around the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, The Looming Tower has the potential to get Hulu some serious attention come awards season. Now the project has found one of its co-leads with actor Tahar Rahim.
The Looming Tower is based on Lawrence Wright’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 2006 book The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11. The series was developed by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Dan Futterman (Foxcatcher) and documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney (Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief), along with Legendary Television. Hulu ordered the show straight to series.
According to Deadline, The Looming Tower “traces the rising threat of Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda, and takes a controversial look at how the rivalry between the CIA and FBI may have inadvertently set the stage for the tragedy of 9/11 and the war in Iraq.” Rahim will play a young FBI agent named Ali Soufan. A devout Muslim, he’s passionate about helping the Bureau stop those he sees as perverting his religion with violence, a mission that will take him undercover in some of the most dangerous corners of the world. The show’s other co-lead will be Soufan’s boss, FBI agent John O’Neill, the head of an anti-terrorism squad. That role has yet to be cast.
Rahim is playing Judas in director Garth Davis’ upcoming film based on the Biblical character Mary Magdalene. The cast also includes Joaquin Phoenix as Jesus, Chiwetel Ejiofor as the apostle Peter, and Rooney Mara as Mary Magdalene herself.
The Looming Tower is expected to debut on Hulu later this year. Along with the upcoming high-profile series based on Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, The Looming Tower could make it a banner year for Hulu.