Julia Roberts and Sean Penn-Fronted Watergate Drama Land in Starz, Joel and Nash Edgerton Exit, Matt Ross Joins as Director and EP – Deadline

Watergate drama Gaslit, which is based on the Slow combustion podcast, landed at Starz, although he lost a few names along the way.

The network lit the UCP-produced series starring Julia Roberts and Sean Penn green. Joel Edgerton, who was to play and direct is no longer attached, nor his brother Nash Edgerton.

The couple join Armie Hammer, who was originally attached to the project, but also released. The project was first unveiled in February 2020. Of those two roles, Hammer was to play White House attorney John Dean and Edgerton was to play G. Gordon Liddy, chief operating officer of the Richard Nixon’s “Plumbers” unit, will now be overhauled.

Matt Ross, who has directed feature films including Fantastic captain and 28 hotel rooms, will now direct and run the production. Robbie Pickering, who has worked on shows including Mr. Robot and Research group, stay as showrunner.

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Production of the anthology series is expected to begin later this spring.

Roberts plays Martha Mitchell, a tall personality with an even bigger mouth, Martha is a socialite Arkansan celebrity and wife of loyal Nixon Attorney General John Mitchell, played by Penn. Despite her party affiliation, she is the first person to publicly sound the alarm over Nixon’s involvement in Watergate, causing the collapse of the presidency and her personal life. As Attorney General, Mitchell is Nixon’s most trusted advisor and best friend. Temperament, rude and ruthless – but desperately in love with his famous outspoken wife – he will be forced to choose between Martha and the President.

The series reunited Roberts and his homecoming partner Sam Esmail, who produces through his global deal with UCP. His Esmail Corp colleague, Chad Hamilton, also produces, alongside Pickering, Ross, Roberts, through his banner Red Om Films, and Gabriel Roth and Josh Levin of Anonymous Content and Slate. Lisa Gillan and Marisa Yeres are co-executive producers, while Leon Nayfakh, who created the podcast, will consult on the project.

Gaslit is created by Robbie Pickering, who writes alongside Amelia Gray, Alberto Roldán, Anayat Fakhraie, Uzoamaka Maduka and Sofya Levitsky-Weitz.

“In Gaslit, we not only have the opportunity to tell an incredible untold story by bringing the historic role of Martha Mitchell in Watergate to the fore, but we are also incredibly lucky to have a dream cast that includes Julia and Sean and the best creative team. and the best partners we could have asked for, ”said Christina Davis, president of original programming for Starz. “We couldn’t be more excited to present this story to Starz’s global audience and to continue the network’s commitment to highlighting premium stories that appeal to women while serving our core audience. . “

“I am so happy to have the opportunity to share the heartbreaking and fascinating story of Martha Mitchell with the world,” added Pickering. “Martha was the first and strongest voice to speak out against the awkward criminality of a twisted presidential administration and she was one of the most complicated public martyrs of the time. Finding someone willing to tell their story is a dream. Doing it with Sam, Julia, Sean, Matt, UCP and Starz seems impossible. I am on the moon. “

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