Starz has released the full Gaslit trailer for its forthcoming limited series, centering around the infamous Watergate scandal and its unlikely whistleblower Martha Mitchell. Starring Oscar winners Julia Roberts and Sean Penn, the drama is scheduled to make its debut on April 24.
The Gaslit trailer, which you can check out below, highlights Martha Mitchell’s flair for the press as well as her important role in the uncovering of Nixon’s involvement in the Watergate scandal. It also gives us a preview of how the government will try to silence and discredit her.
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Based on the first season of the Slow Burn podcast, Gaslit is created and executive produced by Robbie Pickering. It stars Julia Roberts as Martha Mitchell, Sean Penn as John Mitchell, Dan Stevens as John Dean, Betty Gilpin as Mo Dean, Shea Whigham as G. Gordon Liddy, and Darby Camp as Marty Mitchell.
“The series is a modern take on Watergate that focuses on the untold stories and forgotten characters of the scandal – from Nixon’s bumbling and 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,” reads the synopsis. “The story will center on Martha Mitchell, a big personality with an even bigger mouth. She is a celebrity Arkansan socialite and wife to Nixon’s loyal Attorney General, John Mitchell.
Despite her party affiliation, she’s the first person to publicly sound the alarm on Nixon’s involvement in Watergate, causing both the Presidency and her personal life to unravel. As Attorney General, John Mitchell is Nixon’s most trusted advisor and best friend. Temperamental, foul-mouthed, and ruthless – yet hopelessly in love with his famously outspoken wife – he’ll be forced to choose between Martha and the President.”
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Gaslit is executive produced by Roberts, Matt Ross, Sam Esmail, Chad Hamilton, Lisa Gillan, Marisa Yeres Gill, Gabriel Roth, and Josh Levin, with Ross also serving as the director. Slow Burn podcast creator Leon Neyfakh is consulting on the project produced by UCP.