From a media release:
PAUL GROSS, TOM SKERRITT AND GRETA SCAACHI HEAD UP RIVETING POLITICAL THRILLER THE TROJAN HORSE, A TWO-PART MINISERIES PREMIERING ON CBC TELEVISION, MARCH 30 AND APRIL 6, AT 8 P.M.
Paul Gross is Tom McLaughlin, a politician who watches from the sidelines as Canada relinquishes sovereignty and joins the United States. The former prime minister refuses to lose his country without a fight. The ensuing global political thriller unfolds in THE TROJAN HORSE, a two-part, four-hour miniseries, premiering on CBC Television, Sunday, March 30, at 8 p.m., and concluding Sunday, April 6, at 8 p.m.
THE TROJAN HORSE features an exceptional cast of international stars, including Emmy Award-winner Tom Skerritt (Picket Fences), Emmy Award-winner and Golden Globe nominee Greta Scacchi (Emma), Gemini- and Genie Award-winner Martha Burns (Slings & Arrows), Genie Award-winner and Gemini nominee Saul Rubinek (Ticket to Heaven), Emmy and Gemini nominee Clark Johnson (The Sentinel), Guy Nadon (H2O), Rachael Crawford, and Gemini Award-winner Gross (Due South). Also starring is world-renowned actor William Hutt (Slings & Arrows) in his final performance.
â€œAs anticipation grows on both sides of the border for the upcoming 2008 American presidential election, THE TROJAN HORSE will captivate audiences with stellar performances in a gripping political thriller,â€ said Kirstine Layfield, CBC-TV’s executive director of network programming.
Set in modern day North America, McLaughlin watches as a majority of Canadians vote to join the United States of America. The Canadian flag comes down and the country is redrawn into six states. Backed by three powerful European intelligence agencies, McLaughlin runs as an independent for president of the newly formed United States with his ex-wife, Texas Governor Mary Miller (Martha Burns) as his running mate.
Veteran British journalist Helen Madigan (Greta Scacchi) uncovers a shocking plot to undermine democracy in the U.S. Believing McLaughlin is an honest broker, she looks to him to expose the corruption in the current administration but instead, discovers a diabolical scheme that will unravel families and nations.
THE TROJAN HORSE is written by Paul Gross and John Krizanc and directed by Genie Award-winning director Charles BinamÃ© (The Rocket). Executive producers are Paul Gross and Frank Siracusa. It is a Whizbang Films Production.