Trust (U.S. TV series)

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Created by Simon Beaufoy
Composer(s) James Lavelle
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)Timothy Bricknell
  • Christopher Ross
  • Monika Lenczewska
Editor(s) Elliot Graham
Running time55–63 minutes
Production company(s)
Original network FX
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseMarch 25, 2018 (2018-03-25) 
present (present)
External links
Official website

Trust is an American anthology drama television series created by Simon Beaufoy that premiered on March 25, 2018 on FX. The 10-episode first season, written by Beaufoy and directed by Danny Boyle and others, is set in 1973 and recounts the abduction of John Paul Getty III, then-heir to Getty Oil, while he was in Italy.

Simon Beaufoy is a British screenwriter. Born in Keighley, West Riding of Yorkshire, he was educated at Malsis School in Cross Hills, Ermysted's Grammar School and Sedbergh School, he read English at St Peter's College, Oxford and graduated from Arts University Bournemouth. In 1997 he earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay for The Full Monty. He went on to win the 2009 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Slumdog Millionaire as well as winning a Golden Globe and a BAFTA award.

FX (TV channel) American cable television network

FX is an American pay television channel owned by the Walt Disney Television unit of The Walt Disney Company through FX Networks, LLC. It is based in Los Angeles, California. Originally launched on June 1, 1994, the network's original programming aspires to the standards of premium cable channels such as HBO, Showtime, and Starz in regard to mature themes and content, high-quality writing, directing and acting, and sister channels such as FXX and FXM. FX also carries reruns of theatrical films and terrestrial-network sitcoms, and advertising-free content is available through the FX+ premium subscription service.

Danny Boyle English filmmaker

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Trust follows "the trials and triumphs of one of America's wealthiest and unhappiest families, the Gettys. Told over multiple seasons and spanning the 20th century, the series begins in 1973 with the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III, an heir to the Getty oil fortune, by the Italian mafia in Rome." [1]

Ndrangheta criminal organization in Italy

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Cast and characters


Actors among the main cast are only credited for those episodes in which they appear.

  • Donald Sutherland as J. Paul Getty, an oil tycoon.
  • Hilary Swank as Gail Getty, the mother of John Paul Getty III.
  • Harris Dickinson as John Paul Getty III, the grandson of J. Paul Getty.
  • Michael Esper as John Paul Getty Jr., the son of J. Paul Getty, ex-husband of Gail Getty, and the father of John Paul Getty Jr.]]
  • Luca Marinelli as Primo, an Italian gangster who leads the kidnapping of J. Paul Getty.
  • Hannah New as Victoria Holdsworth, the wife of John Paul Getty Sr.
  • Giuseppe Battiston as Bertolini
  • Sophie Winkleman as Margot
  • Verónica Echegui as Luciana
  • Francesco Colella as Leonardo, the uncle of Primo.
  • Donatella Finocchiaro as Regina
  • Giovanni D'Aleo as Francesco, the son of Leonardo.
  • Nicola Rignanese as Don Salvatore, a crime lord and uncle of Primo who approves of his capture of John Paul Getty III.
  • Niccolò Senni as Stephano "Fifty" Nizutto, the cousin of Primo.
  • Anna Chancellor as Penelope Kittson, the concubine of J. Paul Getty.
  • Amanda Drew as Belinda, the concubine of J. Paul Getty.
  • Andrea Arcangeli as Angelo, a minion of Don Salvatore that befriends John Paul Getty III.
  • Mauro Lamanna as Dante
  • Silas Carson as Bullimore, the butler of J. Paul Getty.
  • Jo Stone-Fewings as Dennis, the gardener of J. Paul Getty.
  • Laura Bellini as Gisela Martine Zacher, an Italian girl that John Paul Getty III falls in love with.
  • Sarah Bellini as Jutta Winklemann, the twin sister of Gisela.
  • Charlotte Riley as Robina Lund
  • Brendan Fraser as James Fletcher Chace, the chief of security for J. Paul Getty. A significant feature is that he would break the fourth wall to tell the viewers about something.
Donald Sutherland Canadian actor

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J. Paul Getty American industrialist

Jean Paul Getty, known widely as J. Paul Getty, was a naturalized British American petrol-industrialist, and the patriarch of the Getty family. He founded the Getty Oil Company, and in 1957 Fortune magazine named him the richest living American, while the 1966 Guinness Book of Records named him as the world's richest private citizen, worth an estimated $1.2 billion. At his death, he was worth more than $6 billion. A book published in 1996 ranked him as the 67th richest American who ever lived, based on his wealth as a percentage of the concurrent gross national product.

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  • David Agranov as J. Ronald Getty, the son of J. Paul Getty, brother of John Paul Getty Jr., and uncle of John Paul Getty III.
  • David Bamber as Bela Von Block
  • John Schwab as Lang Jeffries
  • Norbert Leo Butz as Gordon Getty, the son of J. Paul Getty, brother of John Paul Getty Jr., and uncle of john Paul Getty III who is a known music composer.
  • Kiersten Wareing as Cockney Pauline

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Norbert Leo Butz American actor and singer

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Lynda Boyd Canadian actress

Lynda Boyd is a Canadian actress, singer, dancer, musician, and writer. She is perhaps best known for her roles in the Hollywood films Final Destination 2 (2003), An Unfinished Life (2005), She's the Man (2006), and On Thin Ice, with Diane Keaton. She had minor roles in I Spy (2002), About A Girl (2007/08), The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006), and Intern Academy (2004). She was also the voice of Cologne in Ranma 1/2, and the voice of Viv the bunny on the Sunbow cartoon series Littlest Pet Shop.

Bella Dayne is an actress and former beauty pageant winner. Her credits include the television series AMC's Humans, FX's Trust, Amazon's Man In The High Castle, Showtime's Guerrilla, FX's American Horror Story, ITV2's Plebs and the BBC/Netflix miniseries Troy: Fall of a City, in which she portrayed Helen of Troy.

Talitha Getty Dutch actress

Talitha Getty was an actress and model of Dutch extraction, born in the former Dutch East Indies, who was regarded as a style icon of the late 1960s. She lived much of her adult life in Britain and, in her final years, was closely associated with the Moroccan city of Marrakesh. Her husband was the oil heir and subsequent philanthropist John Paul Getty Jr.


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
1"The House of Getty" Danny Boyle Simon Beaufoy March 25, 2018 (2018-03-25)0.796 [2]
Following the suicide of eldest son George Getty, and disappointed with his other sons, J. Paul Getty is looking for an heir for his hugely successful oil business, the Getty Oil Company. He meets with his rebellious 16 year old grandson J. Paul Getty III and shows him around his business. While in Italy, J. Paul Getty III gets kidnapped by gangsters led by Primo.
2"Lone Star"Danny BoyleBrian Fillis & Simon BeaufoyApril 1, 2018 (2018-04-01)0.736 [3]
J. Paul Getty dispatches his chief of security James Fletcher Chace to Italy to investigate J. Paul Getty III's disappearance. To make precautions so that nobody else in his family is kidnapped, J. Paul Getty has bars placed on the windows of his mansion and advises his relatives to hire bodyguards to protect them if they are targeted. Chace reports the findings of his investigation, but the boy's mother Gail is not convinced the kidnapping is a hoax.
3"La Dolce Vita"Danny BoyleSimon BeaufoyApril 8, 2018 (2018-04-08)0.602 [4]
Prior to his kidnapping, J. Paul Getty III was enjoying his time in Italy. In the present, Primo and his minions hear that J. Paul Getty refuses to pay the ransom where he thinks that it is a hoax. In addition, Primo informs his uncle Don Salvatore about his plot which he agrees to assist in.
4"That's All Folks" Dawn Shadforth Simon Beaufoy & John JacksonApril 15, 2018 (2018-04-15)0.495 [5]
Primo enlists his lawyer cousin codenamed Fifty to be his group's representative. Fifty has a no eye-contact meeting with Gail at the movie theater and gives her a picture of her son with one of Primo's dead associates. After receiving a copy of it in the fax, J. Paul Getty dispatches James Fletcher Chace back to Italy to head up the negotiations. Meanwhile, Bullimore becomes friends with the gardener Dennis after J. Paul Getty unleashed his dogs on him.
5"Silenzio"Dawn Shadforth Alice Nutter April 22, 2018 (2018-04-22)0.538 [6]
To help Don Salvatore, Primo and his uncle Leonardo mobilize the local community and their dogs when their minion Angelo makes off with J. Paul Getty III. Meanwhile, Gail and James await the next part of the captors' demands while J. Paul Getty declines help from people to pay the ransom.
6"John, Chapter 11"Jonathan van TullekenSimon Beaufoy & Harriet BraunApril 29, 2018 (2018-04-29)0.666 [7]
When a burnt body shows up on the beach, the Getty family fears the worst until Gail does another look at the corpse and finds that it has tied shoelaces which J. Paul Getty III hardly ties. It also has no foot scar which J Paul Getty III obtained when he was younger. It is then revealed that the body is not Little Paul's, but Angelo's. With J. Paul Getty III confirmed to be alive and being confronted by J. Paul Getty II about what had happened to his previous sons, J. Paul Getty has James arrange a parley with Don Salvatore.
7"Kodachrome"Jonathan van TullekenSimon Beaufoy & Brian FillisMay 6, 2018 (2018-05-06)0.382 [8]
In the past, J. Paul Getty does different interactions with his son and grandson like their trip to Italy and J. Paul Getty II working at a gas station owned by Getty Oil. In the present, J. Paul Getty moves ahead with his plans to have the ransom paid.
8"In the Name of the Father" Emanuele Crialese Simon Beaufoy & John Jackson & Alice NutterMay 13, 2018 (2018-05-13)0.567 [9]
Leonardo celebrates his son Francesco's confirmation with his family and his Italian mob contacts. Displeased that J. Paul Getty cancelled the ransom exchange, Don Salvator and his minions talk about what to do next as Francesco wants to prove himself to Leonardo.
9"White Car in a Snowstorm" Susanna White Alice NutterMay 20, 2018 (2018-05-20)0.544 [10]
After Francesco follows J. Paul Getty III's advice to cut off his right ear to buy him some time, Don Salvator has the ear delivered to the local newspaper disguised as delivery men due to a postal worker strike. While J. Paul Getty II is hesitant to oversee the ransom exchange, Gail and James do it while following instructions that involve riding a white car, wearing white, having the money in white suitcases and driving in the snowy parts of the mountains until they hear the sound of small rocks hitting their car.
10"Consequences"Susanna WhiteSimon Beaufoy & Alice NutterMay 27, 2018 (2018-05-27)0.546 [11]
In the aftermath of the rescue, Chace narrates to the viewers what happened to each of the characters. Paul III has recovered in hospital and marries Gisela who bears their son Balthazar Getty. Paul I refuses to talk to his grandson on the telephone. He suffers the loss of Penelope and Belinda, and the poisoning of his dogs. Then has a violent tantrum after learning that the J. Paul Getty Museum has been reviewed as vulgar and brash in the newspapers. Only two of the kidnappers served time in prison while the rest were acquitted due to lack of evidence. After killing Fifty and Don Salvatore, Primo works with Leonardo to construct a sea port on the Tyrrhenian Sea and brings Francesco into the cocaine empire it services. Victoria has Paul II checked into a rehabilitation clinic. Bullimore reunites with Dennis at the Marylebone Cricket Club. Chace introduces himself to a boy named Alex, apparently as the father he has never known.



On March 9, 2016, it was announced that FX had given the production a series order for a first season consisting of ten episodes. The series had been developed at FX due to a "first look" deal between Danny Boyle and the network. Boyle is expected to executive produce the series alongside Simon Beaufoy and Christian Colson. Beaufoy is also expected to write the series and Boyle is expected to direct. Production companies involved with the series include FX Productions, Cloud Eight Films, Decibel Films, and Snicket Films Limited. [12] On January 5, 2018, it was announced that the series would premiere on March 25, 2018. [13]


In April 2017, it was announced that Donald Sutherland and Hilary Swank had joined the main cast in the roles of J. Paul Getty and Gail Getty, respectively. [14] [15] On May 15, 2017, it was reported that Harris Dickinson had been cast in the starring role of J. Paul Getty III. [16] In June 2017, Brendan Fraser and Michael Esper joined the production as a series regulars in the roles of James Fletcher Chace and John Paul Getty II, respectively. Additionally, it was announced that Veronica Echegui had been cast in a recurring role. [17] [18] On July 14, 2017, it was announced that Hannah New had joined the series in a recurring capacity. [19]


The series began shooting in 2017 in Rome, Italy. [20]


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Promotional poster.


On January 9, 2018, FX released the first official trailer for the series. [1]


On March 16, 2018, it was reported that Ariadne Getty, John Paul Getty III's sister, was considering legal action against FX and the producers of the series. Her attorney Martin Singer released a statement calling the series a "wildly sensationalized false portrayal" of the Getty family and that "It is ironic that you have titled your television series Trust. More fitting titles would be Lies or Mistrust, since the defamatory story it tells about the Gettys colluding in the kidnapping is false and misleading." In the statement, Singer went on to explain how his client objects to the alleged portrayal of the family as having played a role in the kidnapping themselves and that he considers it to be defamatory to falsely accuse someone of a crime. [21] [22] [23]

Simon Beaufoy has stated that his decision to depict Getty as complicit in his own kidnapping was justified by his research into the matter, though none of the written biographies explicitly reach that conclusion. He stated that while reading Charles Fox's 2013 biography of Paul III, Uncommon Youth, "It became clear, reading in between the lines... that he actually kidnapped himself..." [24] According to his theory, the plot then spiraled out of Paul's control when his grandfather refused to pay, causing several of his captors to sell their interest to a syndicate of more ruthless Mafiosi. [24]

Renewal plans

On January 5, 2018, the series' producers appeared at the annual Television Critics Association's winter press tour during a panel discussion of the show. Simon Beaufoy spoke about the tentative plans for a potential second season, saying, "The idea is to go back to the 1930s to discover how John Paul Getty I became this extraordinary person with this huge hole in his soul." He went on to add that FX was pleased with how the first season had turned out and that he would be interested in returning for subsequent seasons. [25]


The first season of Trust has been met with a positive reception from critics. On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the first season holds a 80% approval rating with an average rating of 6.51 out of 10, based on 59 reviews. The site's critical consensus reads, "Donald Sutherland delivers a powerful turn as the titular Getty in Trust, yet another telling of the affluent family's saga." [26] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the season a score of 67 out of 100 based on 24 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". [27]

Matt Zoller Seitz, reviewing for the pop-culture website Vulture, called the show a "decadent true-crime with an acidic sense of humor" that "alternates satire, drama, kookiness, and shocking violence." [28] USA Today complimented the quality of the casting, noting that "Sutherland is predictably solid, but Fraser is the surprise, in what's perhaps his big comeback vehicle." It was also described as "zippy and fast-paced," with a "heightened and stylish feeling." [29] Brendan Fraser's performance as James Fletcher Chace has also received praise from critics; considering his long hiatus from film acting and retreat from celebrity, his role was welcomed as a successful comeback, with TV Guide humorously declaring it the start of a "Brenaissance". [30]

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