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Pulitzer-winning Book Turn Into Drama Series

Hulu is examining the most tragic event in recent U.S. history with a 10-episode series of The Looming Tower, a drama based on Lawrence Wright’s Pulitzer Prize-winning nonfiction book that chronicles the events that led to the September 11 terrorist attacks.

 

 

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.

 

Characters:

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.

 

The New York Times Praises 

What a story it is. And what a riveting tale Lawrence Wright fashions in this marvelous book. “The Looming Tower” is not just a detailed, heart-stopping account of the events leading up to 9/11, written with style and verve, and carried along by villains and heroes that only a crime novelist could dream up. It’s an education, too — though you’d never know it — a thoughtful examination of the world that produced the men who brought us 9/11, and of their progeny who bedevil us today. The portrait of John O’Neill, the driven, demon-ridden F.B.I. agent who worked so frantically to stop Osama bin Laden, only to perish in the attack on the World Trade Center, is worth the price of the book alone. 

 

Actors Jeff Daniels and Tahar Rahim discuss "The Looming Tower" at Hulu's upfront on May 3, 2017.

 

 

 

 

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