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Jeff Daniels Will Produce & Star in Showtime Drama Series 'Rust'

Jeff Daniels is taking on a new role.

The 64-year-old The Newsroom actor has been given a straight-to-series order for a drama based on Philipp Meyer‘s debut novel American Rust called Rust, Deadline reported on Wednesday (July 31).

Jeff will star in and executive produce the series.

The series is described as “a compelling family drama that will explore the tattered American dream through the eyes of 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 him.”

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 Showtime exec Gary Levine.

Jeff Daniels Says Democrats Need A Candidate To Take Trump On & 'Punch Him In The Face'

Jeff Daniels got fired up about the 2020 presidential election while making an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday (July 30)!

The Tony nominee told the audience that the racial themes of his Broadway play To Kill A Mockingbird are a stark wake-up call to a certain group of theater goers.

“It’s a mixed audience, but there’s a lot of… liberal white America sitting out there. This play is like a right hook to their chin. You watch the movie, you read the book, but you feel the play,” Jeff explained before comparing the story to the picture of a migrant father and his daughter after they had drowned while attempting to cross the border.

“You tell me that you’re going to go to the voting booth and you’re going to go, ‘They shouldn’t have crossed the river.’ Now there are people out there who believe that. Go ahead. Vote for him. Do it,” Jeff expressed.

“This is the second debate out of twenty? Jesus. You know, whittle it down, but we need somebody that can take this guy on, that can punch him in the face,” Jeff Daniels concluded – Watch the interview below!


Jeff Daniels Says “To Kill A Mockingbird” Is A “Right Hook” To White Liberals
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Best Actor Noms Jeff Daniels & Bryan Cranston Suit Up for Tony Awards 2019!

Jeff Daniels and Bryan Cranston hit the red carpet at the 2019 Tony Awards on Sunday (June 9) at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

The guys were joined by their wives, Kathleen Rosemary Treado and Robin Dearden, respectively.

The two actors are both nominated for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play, Jeff for his work in To Kill a Mockingbird and Bryan for Network. Most experts expect the award to go to one of them!

FYI: Jeff is wearing a Giorgio Armani tuxedo.

See more photos of Jeff Daniels and Bryan Cranston in the gallery… More Here! »

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Adam Driver, Jeff Daniels, & More Stars Kick Off Tonys Week!

Adam Driver and Jeff Daniels suit up while attending the Tony Honors Cocktail Party on Monday (June 3) at the Sofitel Hotel in New York City.

The guys joined fellow Tony nominees while celebrating the upcoming awards show!

Adam and Jeff are both nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for their their work in Burn This and To Kill a Mockingbird, respectively. Network‘s Bryan Cranston, who is also nominated in the category, was there with wife Robin Dearden.

All My SonsAnnette Bening and What the Constitution Means to Me‘s Heidi Schreck are up for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play and they were there as well.

More nominees in attendance included To Kill a Mockingbird‘s Celia Keenan-Bolger and Gideon Glick, Burn ThisBrandon Uranowitz, and The Boys in the Band‘s Robin De Jesus.

Also in attendance were Judith Light and Jujamcyn’s Jordan Roth with husband Richie Jackson.

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Broadway Stars Step Out for Lucille Lortel Awards, Honoring the Best of Off-Broadway!

Reeve Carney poses for a photo with Hadestown co-star Eva Noblezada while attending the 2019 Lucille Lortel Awards on Sunday (May 5) in New York City.

The awards show honors outstanding achievement in Off-Broadway shows and stars from the Broadway community came out to show support.

Kiss Me Kate‘s Stephanie Styles presented an award alongside Ain’t Too Proud‘s Jeremy Pope, who was joined by co-star Ephraim Sykes.

Reeve and Eva‘s co-star Patrick Page was joined at the show by his wife, Trading SpacesPaige Davis.

Be More Chill stars Will Roland, Stephanie Hsu, and Katlyn Carlson were in attendance to support their show, as well as co-star George Salazar, who won Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical. The show is now on Broadway!

Also in attendance were The Cher Show‘s Stephanie J. Block, To Kill a Mockingbird‘s Jeff Daniels, The Prom‘s Beth Leavel and Caitlin Kinnunen, Head Over HeelsBonnie Milligan, Beetlejuice‘s Leslie Kritzer, The Phantom of the Opera‘s Jay Armstrong Johnson, as well as Judith Light, Annaleigh Ashford, and Superhero nominee Kate Baldwin.

FYI: Stephanie S. is wearing a Self-Portrait dress.

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Adam Driver, Ruth Wilson, & More Tony Noms Step Out for Nominees Celebration!

Adam Driver and Ruth Wilson walk the red carpet while attending the 2019 Tony Awards‘ Meet the Nominees Press Day on Wednesday (May 1) in New York City.

The two actors are among the 21 performers who received acting nominations for their work in plays on Broadway. Adam is nominated for his work in Burn This alongside co-star Brandon Uranowitz while Ruth received a nom for King Lear.

Among the other nominees who attended the event were: To Kill a Mockingbird‘s Jeff Daniels, Celia Keenan-Bolger, and Gideon Glick, Choir Boy‘s Jeremy Pope, All My SonsAnnette Bening and Benjamin Walker, The Ferryman‘s Laura Donnelly and Fionnula Flanagan, Hillary and Clinton‘s Laurie Metcalf, What the Constitution Means to Me‘s Heidi Schreck, Ink‘s Bertie Carvel, and Gary‘s Kristine Nielsen and Julie White.

The Tony Awards will take place on June 9 at Radio City Music Hall.

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