Julia Roberts, Armie Hammer and Joel Edgerton have all signed up to star in a TV series based on a podcast ‘Gaslit’.
The series will adapt Slate’s Watergate audio series titled ‘Slow Burn’ – a modern take on Watergate that focuses on the untold stories and forgotten characters of the scandal, from Nixon’s bumbling subordinates to the deranged zealots aiding and abetting their crimes, to the tragic whistleblowers who would eventually bring the whole enterprise crashing down.
Roberts will play Martha Mitchell, a celebrity Arkansan socialite and the loyal wife of Richard Nixon’s Attorney General and most trusted advisor John Mitchell. She’s the first person to publicly sound the alarm on Nixon’s involvement in Watergate.
Hammer will play John Dean, the young White House Counsel torn between his ambition and his struggle with whether he can lie to protect the President.
Edgerton will play G. Gordon Liddy, chief operative of Nixon’s ‘Plumbers’ unit tasked with plugging embarrassing leaks in the wake of the Pentagon Papers.
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Edgerton and his brother Nash will direct, Mr. Robot’s Robbie Pickering will serve as showrunner on the show. He will also executive produce along with Esmail and Chad Hamilton.
Roberts was last seen in the TV series ‘Homecoming’ as well as the feature ‘Ben is Back’. Her upcoming projects include thriller ‘Little Bee’.
Edgerton has had a busy couple of years starring in ‘Red Sparrow’, ‘Boy Erased’ and Netflix’s ‘The King’ with Timothee Chalamet. His upcoming projects include ‘Green Knight’ and TV series ‘The Underground Railroad’.
Hammer was last seen in ‘On The Basis of Sex’ and ‘Wounds’, his upcoming projects see him star in Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Death on the Nile’, Ben Wheatley’s ‘Rebecca’ and Taika Waititi’s ‘Next Goal Wins’.