Inspired by Alice in Wonderland
The Looming Tower traces the rising threat of Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda and takes a controversial look at how the rivalry between the CIA and FBI inadvertently might have set the stage for the tragedy of 9/11 and the war in Iraq.
John O’Neill - a determined, at times bull-headed chief of the New York FBI’s Counter-Terrorism unit, who is rightly convinced that the U.S. has been targeted for attack by Al-Qaeda, and faces deliberately insufficient cooperation from other organs of the federal government, particularly from his counterpart at the frequently antagonistic CIA.
Martin Schmidt - a CIA analyst who invariably believes he’s by far the smartest person in the room. Under orders to share intelligence with John O’Neill (Daniels) and the FBI, Schmidt opts instead to hoard information under the misguided notion that the CIA is the only agency equipped to battle potential terrorist threats.
Ali Soufan - a young FBI agent on John O’Neill’s I-49 anti-terrorism squad who quickly ascends to the role of O’Neill’s protege, due to his brilliance, his fluency in Arabic and his knowledge of Islam.
Diane Priest - a smart and profoundly ambitious CIA analyst working under Martin Schmidt. Sharing his attitude that the CIA is the only government agency capable of using intel to stop impending attacks, Priest withholds pertinent information from the FBI. By doing so, she proceeds to climb the ranks of Alec Station despite the disastrous consequences of her actions.
Heather - a special-education teacher from small-town Ohio. Empathetic but strong-willed, she and Ali slowly begin to connect despite multiple failed dates and the challenges that come with their often long-distance relationship. On the surface, Heather is an all-American young woman, but she’s fascinated by, and attracted to, the ways in which Ali is different from the people she grew up with.
Actors Jeff Daniels and Tahar Rahim discuss "The Looming Tower" at Hulu's upfront on May 3, 2017.