Jeff Daniels To Star & Executive Produce “Rust”

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Jeff Daniels has just landed his next TV gig. 

The 64-year-old actor will star and executive produce a new drama based on Philipp Meyer’s debut novel American Rust for Showtime. Penning the adaptation is Capote scribe, Dan Futterman.

“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, President of Entertainment 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.”

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

A production start date has yet to be announced.