‘American Rust,’ Pittsburgh-filmed series featuring Jeff Daniels, full trailer released
In the event that you partook in HBO’s buzzy Kate Winslet-featuring miniseries “Mare of Easttown,” set around the Philadelphia region, you ought to keep close tabs on “American Rust.”
Showtime’s TV adaptation of Philipp Meyer’s 2009 novel of a similar name has been filming around Western Pennsylvania since March after the pandemic deferred the beginning of its production process for about a year. The premium cable network is beginning to release footage of “American Rust” in front of its premiere on Sept. 12 at 10 p.m.
It dropped a teaser trailer in June and, on Friday, released the first full trailer for the series featuring Jeff Daniels, Maura Tierney and Bill Camp.
“The story of survival and transcendence is told through the eyes of Del Harris (Daniels), the complicated and compromised chief of police of a Pennsylvania Rust Belt town full of good people making bad choices,” reads an “American Rust” plot description provided in a Showtime news release. “When news of a murder rips through the town, Harris must decide what lengths he is willing to take to protect the son of the woman he loves (Tierney).”
The new trailer starts with a voiceover from Daniels’ Harris inauspiciously talking with somebody offscreen: “A man can have two reasons for doing the right thing. If you rather I left you out of this going forward, I get it. No hard feelings. But I got a right to know.”
The trailer doesn’t flaunt such a large number of Western Pennsylvania locations, however there is an exceptionally clear shot early on of the Carrie Blast Furnaces in Swissvale. Showrunner Dan Futterman told the Post-Gazette in May “American Rust” sewed together the show’s fictional town with scenes shot in places like Braddock, Donora, Rankin, McKeesport, Ambridge and Clairton.
While “American Rust” has some definite similitudes to “Mare of Easttown” in terms of its crime-tinged story and Pennsylvania setting, the two shows continued in the footsteps of “One Dollar,” a short-lived CBS All Access series from 2018 that track comparable narrative territory with a Rust Belt backdrop.
Previously “American Rust” comes out, Netflix will premiere two projects that likewise shot in the Pittsburgh region on Aug. 20: the Jason Momoa action thriller “Sweet Girl” and the Sandra Oh higher-education dramedy “The Chair.”