Lawrence Wright’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Looming Tower has been adapted as a 10-episode mini-series and will premiere this week on Amazon Prime Video (in Canada and other terrorizes) and Hulu (in the U.S.). The book, released in 2006, traces the way in which Al-Qaeda formed and the carried out the September 11 terrorist attacks.
The series will also examine the rising threat of Osama Bin Laden and will take a controversial look at how the rivalry between the CIA and FBI may have inversely set the stage for the 9/11 tragedy and the war in Iraq.
Jeff Daniels stars as Josh O’Neil, the chief of the I-49 squad, who’s convinced that the U.S. has been targeted for an attack by Al-Qaeda. He must work with his protégé Ali Soufan (Tahar Rahim), a Muslim-American FBI agent, must try to work with CIA agents Martin Schmidt (Peter Sarsgaard) and Diane Marsh (Wrenn Schmidt), who not only horde information from the FBI, but believe that the CIA is the only U.S. government agency that is equipped to battle potential terror threats abroad.
The series will also star Bill Camp, Michael Stuhlbarg, Virginia Kull, Sullivan Jones, Ella Rae Peck and Alec Baldwin. The Looming Tower was adapted for television by Dan Futterman (Capote) and directed by Alex Gibney (Going Clear).
The first three episodes of The Looming Tower will launch on Amazon Prime Video this Thursday, March 1. New episodes will debut on a weekly basis for the remainder of the season. During the three-part premiere, FBI counter-terrorism agents O’Neil and Soufan deal with the simultaneous embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, and must begin working with the CIA.