Jeff Daniels to Star in New Showtime Straight-to-Series Drama Rust


Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom, Godless, The Looming Tower) is set to star in and executive produce the new drama Rust, which has been given a straight-to-series order from Showtime.

The project will see Daniels reteam with Oscar nominee Dan Futterman (Capote). Futterman will write multiple episodes of the series, which is co-produced with Platform One Media, headed by CEO Katie O’Connell Marsh. It is based on Philipp Meyer’s debut novel American Rust.

Rust is a family drama that will explore the tattered American dream through the eyes of complicated and compromised chief of police Del Harris (Daniels) in a Rust Belt town in southwest Pennsylvania. When the woman he loves sees her son accused of murder, Harris is forced to decide what he’s willing to do to protect him.

“Jeff Daniels is a bona fide giant on stage and screen, and Dan Futterman is a special writer and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have them together at Showtime,” said Gary Levine, co-president of entertainment at Showtime Networks. “With vibrant characters caught in an unpredictable murder mystery, Rust will tell the relevant and touching human story of the corrosion of the American dream.”