CBS Studios' James Comey miniseries has lined up its Jeff Sessions, and it's certainly an unexpected pick.
The actor known mostly for his comedic roles is joining a stacked cast that includes Jeff Daniels as Comey, Brendan Gleeson as President Trump, Holly Hunter as former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, Michael Kelly as former Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, Peter Coyote as former Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and Kingsley Ben-Adir as former President Barack Obama.
Also joining the cast Tuesday were Damon Gupton as former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, Michael Hyatt as former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and Spencer Garrett as Bill Sweeney, assistant director in charge of the New York FBI field office. Deadline describes these as the last major characters that needed to be cast.
In his memoir, Comey, who was fired by Trump in 2017, described the president as "unethical, and untethered to truth and institutional values" and Sessions as "overwhelmed and overmatched by the job." In one chapter in the book, he describes Trump asking Sessions to leave an Oval Office meeting so he could ask Comey if he could let "go" of the FBI's investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Comey wrote that when he told Sessions he shouldn't have left them alone, Sessions "just cast his eyes down at the table, and they darted quickly back and forth, side to side."
The miniseries, which will reportedly air on Showtime, CBS All Access, or both, is set to debut in 2020.