Both unrecognizable: Julia Roberts, under a hairdo that couldn’t be more bouffant, complete with wrinkles, completely transformed in her look; aged, fat and balding, with a double chin, it is Sean Penn. Two of the most famous Hollywood stars in the world for the Watergate scandal among the most sensational which in the 70s led to the resignation of the president of the United States Richard Nixon. But narrated in an unedited and modern version in the Galsit miniseries for STARZPLAY from Sunday, April 24 on the streaming platform in Europe, Latin America and Japan and on STARZ in the United States and Canada. The drama focuses on the role played in the scandal by Nixon’s loyal attorney general, John Mitchell played by Penn, and his “bulky” and talkative wife Martha played by Julia Roberts who despite her party affiliation, is the first person to launch publicly raised the alarm about Nixon’s involvement in Watergate, causing the unraveling of both the Presidency and his personal life.
In the first images of the trailer we see Attorney General John N. Mitchell (Penn) receiving a call from a security guard who discovered the men who were breaking into Watergate. The person on the phone then expresses concern to Martha Mitchell, wife of the prosecutor, about her knowledge of the scandal. John asks his wife not to give press interviews, but she refuses. Some praise her for telling the truth about her and others consider her absolutely unreliable.
Based on the first season of the acclaimed podcast Slow Burn and created and executive produced by Robbie Pickering with Matt Ross as director and executive producer, Gaslit is a modern vision of Watergate. At the heart of the tale are the untold stories and forgotten characters of the scandal – from Nixon’s bumbling and opportunistic subordinates, to the deranged zealots who support and abet their crimes, to the tragic whistleblowers who ultimately brought down the whole horrific enterprise.
In particular, the miniseries focuses on Martha Mitchell.
Endowed with a great personality, she is a celebrity of Arkans high society. As Attorney General, John Mitchell is Nixon’s most trusted adviser and best friend.
Capricious, foul-mouthed and ruthless – but hopelessly in love with his outspoken and famous wife – he will find himself forced to choose between Martha and the president. In the trailer we also see that at a certain point things go badly for Martha, who is forced to take tranquilizers so as not to be “harassment” for her husband and her party.
Gaslit’s cast also includes Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) as John Dean, a young White House adviser torn between his ambition and the ability to lie to protect his boss; Betty Gilpin (GLOW) as Mo Dean, John Dean’s wife; Shea Whigham (Perry Mason) as G. Gordon Liddy and Darby Camp (Big Little Lies) as the Mitchells’ daughter Marty. And again, the series stars Allison Tolman (Fargo, Why Women Kill), Chris Bauer (The Wire, True Blood), JC MacKenzie (October Faction), Hamish Linklater (Legion) and Chris Messina (The Mindy Project). Sam Esmail and Chad Hamilton are executive producers with their production company Esmail Corp, together with UCP and Julia Roberts herself is among the executive producers (ANSA).
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