Starz have released the trailer for Gaslit. This stranger than fiction true story looks at the Watergate scandal. It 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. The story will centre on Martha Mitchell, played by Julia Roberts. A big personality with an even bigger mouth. Martha is a celebrity Arkansan socialite and wife to Nixon’s loyal Attorney General, John Mitchell, played by Sean Penn. 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.
The cast also features Betty Gilpin and Downton’s Dan Stevens. Betty Gilpin, who plays Mo Dean, speaking at the show’s virtual TCA panel, said:
“We keep the reality of the grey areas. I don’t like it when all of a sudden the overcorrect is to just give the women all of the answers. We used to have no answers. It’s still women struggling in 1972 with the obstacles that women have dealt with.”
Dan Stevens, who plays John Dean, added, the series gave him an opportunity to “play more than a historical entry”.
“Anyone can go and read a book about this or the Wikipedia entry, but there are human stories that illustrate the depth.”
Elsewhere, Shea Whigham plays G. Gordon Liddy and Darby Camp stars as Marty Mitchell.
The series, executive produced, Sam Esmail, has a US start date of Sunday April 24th.
The series will air on StarzPlay in the UK on the same date.