American Rust is the new Showtime drama series of 2021 that has been adapted from the 2009 best-selling debut novel of the same name by author Philipp Meyer. The series was created by Dan Futterman (also created ‘The Looming Tower’) and Michael De Luca, Jeff Daniels, Elsa Ellis, Adam Rapp, Paul Martino, Katie O’Connell Marsh joining him as the executive producers. The primary direction has been by the ‘Red Rock West’ director John Dahl. The series has been shot in Pittsburgh.
The first season for this nine-episode long American series got aired on Sunday the 12th of September at 10 pm ET on Showtime, and we are here to tell you what you should know all before diving into this family drama series.
The Plot of American Rust
The series follows a man named Del Harris (Jeff Daniels), who is a chief cop by designation in the small Rust Belt town named Buell in Pennsylvania. The place has been in economic downfall with rampant usage of opioids (Del Harris including) and holds dark lies and secrets. Things go unpredictable when a dead body is discovered in the town, and the chief of police has to decide to what extent he might go in order to save the accused Billy (Alex Neustaedter).
He is a famous ex-high school football player. He happens to be the son of his love interest, Grace (Maira Tierney), a dressmaker with almost-on-the-verge of end marriage with Virgil (Mark Pellegrino) and deteriorating health conditions whose relationship with a cop has been on and off. The story would proceed as the conflict between professional and personal life will test Sheriff Del and reward his efforts.
Who’s who in American Rust?
Jeff Daniels in the role of senior police Del Harris. Maura Tierney playing Grace Poe, who is mother to Billy and lover of Del. Mark Pellegrino as Grace’s estranged husband, Virgil. Alex Neustaedter essaying the character of Billy Poe.
Bill Camp as Henry and the role of his son Isaac in the series is portrayed by David Alvarez, who happens to be the friend of Billy. Isaac’s elder sister Lee, played by Julia Mayorga, was once close to Billy but now is married to a well-off man.
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The murder mystery is hoped to raise curiosity among the viewers and engage the fans proportionally in the story. But critics so far seem to have fewer expectations from the thriller due to its predictable storyline and just decent cast acting. However, Jeff Daniel somehow pulls the character commendably, but it’s too soon to tell how the show would run.
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