'The Comey Rule': Trump Demands Loyalty in First Teaser (Video)

Miniseries airs over two nights in September

Showtime dropped the first teaser for “The Comey Rule,” its miniseries based on former FBI director James Comey’s memoir, “A Higher Loyalty.”

The brief footage gives the first extended look at Jeff Daniels as Comey and Brendan Gleeson as President Donald Trump, as well as a peek at the infamous private dinner where Comey claims that Trump demanded his loyalty.

You can watch it in the video above. It will air over two nights on Sept. 27 and 28, more than a month before the Nov. 3 general election.

“The Comey Rule” also stars Holly Hunter as former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, Michael Kelly as former FBI director Andrew McCabe, Scoot McNairy as former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Peter Coyote as Robert Mueller and Kingsley Ben-Adir as former president Barack Obama.

“The Comey Rule” comes from Alex Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout and Shane Salerno’s The Story Factory. Along with Comey’s memoir, the series is based on more than a year of additional interviews with a number of key principals.

“A Higher Loyalty,” which was released in April 2018 by Flatiron Books, gets its title from Trump’s reported desire for Comey to give him a loyalty pledge. Comey was first appointed FBI director by former President Barack Obama in 2013 and was fired by Trump less than a year into his presidency.

Here is the logline for the series from Showtime:

THE COMEY RULE takes us on an insider’s journey down the corridors of power, where decision-makers struggle to apply old norms to a dramatic new paradigm in the face of Russia’s deep and unprecedented penetration into American politics, with our nation’s rule of law hanging in the balance. Each character’s actions in these historic months made the careers of some, destroyed the careers of others and helped shape the incendiary political landscape we live in today. Part one of the series examines the earliest days of the Russia investigation, the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails and their impact on Election Night 2016, when Donald Trump stunned the world and was elected president. Part two is a virtual day-by-day account of the tempestuous relationship between Comey and Trump and the intense and chaotic first months of the Trump presidency – where allies became enemies, enemies became friends and truth depended on what side you were on.

Watch the teaser above.

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  • Katharine Hepburn in “Dragon Seed” (1944) 
    Caucasian Hepburn played a Chinese woman in this big-screen adaptation of the Pearl S. Buck novel. 


  • Marlon Brando in “The Teahouse of the August Moon” (1956) 
    Brando starred as an Okinawan translator for the U.S. Army in this comedy about the American occupation of the island nation.


  • John Wayne in “Conquerer” (1956) 
    Wayne was cast as Mongol conquerer Genghis Khan in what’s considered by many to be one of the worst films of all time.

    RKO Radio Pictures

  • Charlton Heston in “Touch of Evil” (1958) 
    Heston starred as Ramon Miguel Vargas in the 1958 crime film, a Mexican narcotics officer.


  • Mickey Rooney in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961) 
    More caricature than character, Rooney starred as the buck-toothed, Japanese Mr. Yunioshi in the 1961 film, which has faced volumes of criticism since.

    Paramount Pictures

  • Natalie Wood in “West Side Story” (1961) 
    Wood plays a Puerto Rican teenager in the 1961 musical film, although she was Russian-American in real life. 

    United Artists

  • Laurence Olivier in “Othello” (1965) 
    Not only did the white actor play a Moor in 1965’s “Othello,” he did so while wearing blackface.

    Warner Bros.

  • Al Pacino in “Scarface” (1983) 
    Pacino plays a Cuban gangster in the 1983 film, and many criticized his over-the-top accent as offensive.


  • Anthony Hopkins in “Mask of Zorro” (1998) 
    Welsh actor Hopkins starred as the Spanish Zorro, a.k.a. Don Diego de la Vega, in the 1998 film. 


  • Rob Schneider in “50 First Dates” (2004) 
    Schneider seems to play a different ethnicity in every Adam Sandler movie. In “The Waterboy” he was the “You can do it!” guy, in “Big Daddy,” he was a Middle-Eastern deliveryman, and in “50 First Dates,” he plays a native Hawaiian. Badly.

    Columbia Pictures

  • Mike Myers in “The Love Guru” (2008) 
    Myers played an Indian-American guru in the roundly panned movie, in which he dressed up a lot of racist jokes in a terrible accent.

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  • Every character from “21” (2008) 
    The movie follows a group of math students who come up with a card counting strategy to win big in Vegas. While the movie had a predominantly white cast, the real life MIT students were all Asian-American.


  • Jake Gyllenhaal in “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” (2010) 
    Gyllenhaal plays a Middle-Eastern prince in the film, which many called “insulting” and “the perfect example of whitewashing.”


  • Johnny Depp in “Lone Ranger” (2013) 
    Like Mara, Johnny Depp played a Native American in Disney’s film, which sparked outrage among fans and critics despite the actor’s claims that his great-grandmother had mostly Cherokee blood. 


  • Rooney Mara in “Pan” (2015) 
    Mara was cast as Tiger Lily, a Native American, in the 2015 film based on the Peter Pan story.

    Warner Bros.

  • Emma Stone in “Aloha” (2015) 
    Stone played a Chinese/Swedish/Hawaiian woman in this critically and commercially disappointing Cameron Crowe romantic comedy.


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