SIDEWAYS star Paul Giamatti will play second US president JOHN ADAMS in a mini-series produced by Oscar winner Tom Hanks. The seven-episode mini-series is being made for US cable network HBO and is based on DAVID MCCULLOUGH's best-selling book JOHN ADAMS. Giamatti will play Adams before he became the US president and was a Massachusetts lawyer working behind the scenes to mobilise a revolt of the colonies, which led to the American Revolution. The book was also partly based on letters between Adams and wife ABIGAIL, which will also be included in the mini-series. The project will begin shooting in Virginia in January (06) and will be broadcast in March 2008.