'Gaslit': 5 things you need to know about Starz political thriller series
Starz upcoming drama series ‘Gaslit’ focuses on the untold stories of the Watergate scandal, which led to the resignation of President Nixon in 1974. Starring A-listers Julia Roberts and Sean Penn, the political thriller series is based on the critically acclaimed podcast by Leon Neyfakh called 'Slow Burn'.
The Watergate scandal has been a favorite plot for makers of political thrillers over many years. 'President’s Men' (1974) focused on the catastrophic political event while Steven Spielberg’s 'The Post' (2017) starring the greats like Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks exposed the behind-the-scenes story of the scandal. If you're one who enjoys action drama, you can watch Power Book IV : Force streaming on Starz.
When will ‘Gaslit’ release and where can you watch it?
'Gaslit' is set to premiere on the streaming platform Starz on April 24, 2022 and will be available on Prime Video in countries like UK, Europe, Japan and Latin America.
What is ‘Gaslit’ all about?
The show’s prime focus is on Martha Mitchell (Julia Roberts), the wife of Richard Nixon’s attorney general, John Mitchell, played by Sean Penn. How she becomes the whistleblower of Nixon’s involvement in the infamous scandal which ultimately leads to an avalanche of political and personal consequences, is the crux of the series.
Who stars in 'Gaslit'?
Spearheading the cast of ‘Gaslit’ is Julia Roberts, who rose to popularity with her role as Vivian Ward in the 1990 hit rom-com 'Pretty Woman' opposite Richard Gere. She later went on to win The Academy Award for 'Erin Brockovich' in 2001.
Not to mention, she is on fire in the trailer of ‘Gaslit’. Starz synopsis says, she’s "a celebrity Arkansan socialite and wife to Nixon’s loyal Attorney General, John Mitchell," and also "a big personality with an even bigger mouth”.
Sean Penn plays her husband a "temperamental, foulmouthed and ruthless" Attorney General, who looks unrecognizable in prosthetics. In the series, due to circumstances, he has to ultimately make a choice between his loyalty to his wife (Julia Roberts) and the President.
The rest of the cast includes Dan Stevens as John Dean, Betty Gilpin as Mo Dean, and Shea Whigham as G Gordon Liddy.
The series is created by Robbie Pickering and includes the director of the show Matt Ross as the executive producer along with Lisa Gillan and Marrisa Yeres Gill as executive producers.
In the trailer, we see Martha Mitchell as an Arkansas socialite, who publicly accuses President Nixon as a conspirator in the Watergate scandal. She decides to fearlessly uncover the conspiracy while jeopardizing her husband’s career and also her marriage in the process. We see her being called “paranoid” and “a woman of a certain age”, which only “gaslights” the fire underneath her even more.