‘The Best of Us’: New 9/11 First Responder Show Starring ‘Succession’s’ Jeremy Strong

by Samantha Whidden

Jeremy Strong, who previously won an Emmy for his performance on the HBO series Succession, is set to star in the upcoming 9/11 first responder limited series The Best of Us.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, The Best of Us will explore the human fallout from the September 11th attacks with their rain of debris and toxic dust. The series will feature first responders, students, teachers, New York residents, and volunteers who worked on “The Pile.”

The Best of Us will explore how everyone was affected and treated. It is also relying heavily on researched accounts of the events. It will also pay tribute to those who were impacted by the 2001 U.S. terrorist attack

Strong has notably been developing The Best of Us for years alongside writer Tobias Lindholm. Sister, the company co-founded by Elisabeth Murdoch, Stacey Snider, and Jane Featherstone is producing the series. But a network has not yet been attached nor is there a premiere date.

Snider revealed more details about Strong and Lindholm’s involvement in the series by stating, “We are fortunate to have Jeremy as a partner with Tobias on The Best of Us; we look forward to their thoughtful and human depiction of those heroes that serve on the front lines for the greater good.”

Along with Succession, Strong is known for his work on The Trail of the Chicago 7, The Judge, Selma, Molly’s Game, Zero Dark Thirty, and Detroit. He also played Matt Becker on The Good Wife and Mike Hendry on Mob City. 

Jeremy Strong Talks About His Approach to Playing a Real Person

During an October 2020 interview with Vulture, Jeremy Strong opened up about his approach to playing a real person in The Trail of the Chicago 7. “That takes a lot of technical work,” Strong admitted. “It’s a lot of time. For me, it’s a very long process of listening for a very, very, very long time. Before you would dare to make a sound yourself”

Strong also explained that the character needs to come from the inside. “It needs to become your voice. I’ve said this before. But I think about it a lot. And it’s a bit of a dictum for me. There’s a line in Hamlet where Shakespeare writes, “For use can almost change the stamp of nature.” And I think, for me, if I have any method at all, it’s that.”

Strong went on to reveal that he learned about the role nearly a decade before filming began. “I remember just being struck by [reading the script] at that time in my life. Then, fast forward a bunch of years. I got to work with Aaron [Sorkin] on his first film, Molly’s Game.