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First image released of Irish actor Brendan Gleeson in character as Donald Trump

Dublin-born actor Brendan Gleeson in character as Donald Trump. Picture from CBS Television Studios/Showtime
Marie Louise McConville

THE first image has been released of Irish actor Brendan Gleeson in character as Donald Trump for a new US mini-series.

The Comey Rule will air in late November following the US presidential elections.

It is a dramatisation of former FBI director James Comey's bestselling book A Higher Loyalty.

The two-park drama, which stars Jeff Daniels as Comey, promises to take viewers on an insider journey down the corridors of power.

A still released by US TV network Showtime yesterday shows Dubliner Gleeson (65) in silhouette as 74-year-old Trump, immediately recognisable by the president's distinctive hair.

The first part of The Comey Rule will look at the early days of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and the FBI's investigation into the Hillary Clinton's email controversy.

Variety magazine said the second part 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".

Showtime said the new drama was "not a biopic of one man, but is instead the story of two powerful figures, Comey and Trump, whose strikingly different personalities, ethics and loyalties put them on a collision course".

The Comey Rule also stars Holly Hunter as former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, Michael Kelly as former FBI director Andrew McCabe, Jennifer Ehle as Patrice Comey, Peter Coyote as Robert Mueller and Kingsley Ben-Adir as Barack Obama.

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