Hulu’s 9/11 Series The Looming Tower Examines CIA, FBI Rivalry

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With what might be one of 2018’s more controversial series, Hulu‘s new dramatic series The Looming Tower focuses on the rivalry and distrust between the CIA and FBI throughout the ’90s that may have laid the groundwork for the 9/11 terrorist attack. Based on Lawrence Wright‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning account, the series will examine how a lack of communication and not intelligence stifled law enforcement’s ability to predict and stop the attack.

Credit: JoJo Whilden/Hulu

Hulu has released an official synopsis and a number of pics from the series, as well as a new featurette that you can check out here:

Based on the Pulitzer-Prize winning book, The Looming Tower traces the rising threat of Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda in the late 1990s and how the rivalry between the FBI and CIA during that time may have inadvertently set the path for the tragedy of 9/11. The series follows members of the I-49 Squad in New York and Alec Station in Washington, D.C., the counter-terrorism divisions of the FBI and CIA, respectively, as they travel the world fighting for ownership of information while seemingly working toward the same goal – trying to prevent an imminent attack on U.S. soil.

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The Looming Tower stars Jeff Daniels (John O’Neill), Tahar Rahim (Ali Soufan), Wrenn Schmidt (Diane Marsh), Bill Camp (Robert Chesney), Louis Cancelmi (Vince Stuart), Virginia Kull (Kathy Shaughnessy), Ella Rae Peck (Heather), Sullivan Jones (Floyd Bennet), Michael Stuhlbarg (Richard Clarke) and Peter Sarsgaard (Martin Schmidt). Hulu is set to premiere the series on February 28th, 2018.

Credit: First Vintage Books

Originally published in 2006 by First Vintage Books, here’s a rundown on Wright’s The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11:

A gripping narrative that spans five decades, The Looming Tower explains in unprecedented detail the growth of Islamic fundamentalism, the rise of al-Qaeda, and the intelligence failures that culminated in the attacks on the World Trade Center. Lawrence Wright re-creates firsthand the transformation of Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri from incompetent and idealistic soldiers in Afghanistan to leaders of the most successful terrorist group in history. He follows FBI counterterrorism chief John O’Neill as he uncovers the emerging danger from al-Qaeda in the 1990s and struggles to track this new threat. Packed with new information and a deep historical perspective, The Looming Tower is the definitive history of the long road to September 11.

Credit: JoJo Whilden/Hulu
Credit: JoJo Whilden/Hulu
Credit: JoJo Whilden/Hulu
Credit: JoJo Whilden/Hulu
Credit: JoJo Whilden/Hulu
Credit: JoJo Whilden/Hulu
Credit: JoJo Whilden/Hulu
Credit: JoJo Whilden/Hulu
Credit: JoJo Whilden/Hulu
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Credit: JoJo Whilden/Hulu
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