Brendan Fraser is now officially confirmed to appear in FX’s upcoming limited series, Trust. The actor had quite a run of success throughout the 1990s. He played the lead roles in School Ties and Encino Man, both in 1992, and starred five years later in the hit cartoon adaptation George of the Jungle. After a well-received role in 1998’s drama Gods and Monsters, Fraser had two of the bigger hits of his career in 1999’s The Mummy and 2001’s The Mummy Returns.
Fraser’s star has dipped somewhat following the turn of the millennium, with fewer hits to his name since then – though he did appear in a Best Picture Oscar-winner (2004’s Crash), as well as both Journey to the Center of the Earth and the third Mummy film in 2008, in addition to having a high-profile supporting role on Showtime’s drama series The Affair. Now, Fraser has been cast in another major TV role.
Brendan Fraser will be appearing on the upcoming FX limited series Trust, as private investigator James Fletcher Chace, FX announced Thursday. In a press release put out by FX about the casting news, Fraser’s character is described as “an eccentric, but also a master fixer.“
Trust debuts early next year and will run for ten episodes, telling the story of legendary oil man John Paul Getty (Donald Sutherland), and the kidnapping of his son, John III, in 1973. Fraser’s character is the Getty family’s longtime fixer, while Hilary Swank plays Mrs. (Gail) Getty and Harris Dickinson plays John III. The series, according to FX, is “equal parts family history, dynastic saga and examination of the corrosive power of money… a story that attempts to unlock the mystery at the heart of every family, rich or poor.”
Should we be excited about Trust? There is much about the project that looks positive. It comes from the Slumdog Millionaire brain trust of director Danny Boyle and writer Simon Beaufoy, and it covers a fascinating true story that’s been unexamined by Hollywood in the past. That cast is also quite strong, and the machinations of rich and possibly evil has a long and successful history in television, from Dallas and Dynasty in the 1980s to Billions today.
On the other hand, limited series are untested on FX when they don’t have Ryan Murphy’s name attached to them. And once again, Brendan Fraser hasn’t been part of a big hit in quite awhile.
Trust debuts its ten-episode run on FX in January 2018.