Scoop: Rome's Ciarán Hinds Cast as Sigourney Weaver's Ex in USA's Political Animals

Ciaran Hinds Sigourney Weaver Political AnimalsCiarán Hinds is moving from ancient Rome to modern-day America in USA Network’s upcoming drama Political Animals.

Debuting this summer from executive producers Greg Berlanti (Dirty Sexy Money) and Laurence Mark (Jerry Maguire), the six-episode D.C.-based project centers around newly-appointed Secretary of State Elaine Barrish (played by Sigourney Weaver) balancing both personal and political crises.

Hinds will play Bud Hammond, a jovial former president (and Elaine’s ex-husband) who was once loved by the American public, but whose out-of-office antics caused a tumble in his popularity. He still holds a candle for his wife, and eagerly awaits the call to become her elder statesman.

As previously announced, the cast also includes Lone Star‘s James Wolk and Gossip Girl‘s Sebastian Stan as polar-opposite twin brothers, Brittany Ishibashi (Ghostfacers) as Wolk’s fiancée, and Carla Gugino (Entourage) as a journalist hellbent on destroying Barrish’s career.

Hinds was previously seen on TV in Rome and Above Suspicion. His impressive resume also includes Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and The Debt.