Hollywood stars Julia Roberts and Sean Penn will likely be headlining Gaslit, an upcoming anthology collection based mostly on award-winning podcast Slow Burn. Set up at Starz, the primary season of Robbie Pickering-created present will deal with the Watergate scandal that introduced down the presidency of Richard Nixon in 1974.
Described as a contemporary tackle Watergate, the present “focuses on the untold stories and forgotten characters of the scandal – from Nixon’s bumbling, opportunistic subordinates, to the deranged zealots aiding and abetting their crimes, to the tragic whistleblowers who would eventually bring the whole rotten enterprise crashing down”, Starz mentioned in a press launch.
Roberts will star as Martha Mitchell, a star Arkansan socialite and spouse to Nixon’s loyal Attorney General, John Mitchell (to be performed by Penn).
Despite her get together affiliation, she’s the primary particular person to publicly sound the alarm on Nixon’s involvement in Watergate, inflicting each the Presidency and her private life to unravel.
As Attorney General, Mitchell is Nixon’s most trusted advisor and finest buddy. Temperamental, foulmouthed and ruthless – but hopelessly in love together with his famously outspoken spouse – he’ll be compelled to select between Martha and the President.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, actors Armie Hammer and Joel Edgerton have been additionally set to star within the undertaking. However, they each have exited it over scheduling conflicts.
Captain Fantastic director Matt Ross will helm the collection, which will likely be produced by UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group, for Starz.
“In Gaslit, we not only have the opportunity to tell an incredible untold story in bringing Martha Mitchell’s historic role in Watergate to the forefront, but we are also incredibly lucky to have a dream cast including Julia and Sean and the best creative team and partners we could have asked for,” mentioned Christina Davis, President of Original Programming for Starz.
“We could not be more excited to bring this story to the global Starz audience and continue the network’s commitment to spotlighting premium stories that appeal to women while super serving our core audience,” she added.
Gaslit will begin manufacturing later this yr.