Sorry, William H. Macy. While hiding under a ton of prosthetics in the scammers series The abandonment, Sean Penn was silently waiting in the wings. Armed with the same skull surface as Macy’s, Penn puts on a striking show as John Mitchell in Starz’s Watergate series trailer Gaslit.
The story of Martha Mitchell (played here by Julia Roberts), the chatty wife of President Nixon’s Attorney General John Mitchell (Penn), Gaslit follows this unlikely whistleblower who set the Watergate scandal in motion. Martha, a socialite from Arkansan who loves dabbling in her husband’s work, was a staple of the nightly news and one of the first to speak openly about Watergate. However, once Nixon found out that his AG’s wife was leaking information to the press, the wheels of manipulation and abuse began to turn.
Here is the description:
Despite his party affiliation, he is the first person to publicly sound the alarm about Nixon’s involvement in Watergate, causing both the presidency and his personal life to unravel. As Attorney General, John Mitchell is Nixon’s most trusted adviser and best friend. Temperamental, foul-mouthed and ruthless – yet madly in love with his famous outspoken wife – he will be forced to choose between Martha and the President.
Of course, while this sounds like an excellent role for Roberts, it’s hard to take your eyes off Penn. His Mitchell is reminiscent of other heavy tricks that award-hungry Hollywood dwellers can’t get enough of. If you don’t look Exactly like it pamela anderson gold Lucilla Palla gold Roger Alihave you ever really played them?
This level of likelihood extends throughout the trailer in its attempts to mimic the look and sound of the Watergate era, including several shots that look like 1970s footage. While it’s hard to say whether it will pay off, the extravagance is hard to ignore because, like Macy’s giant skull on The abandonmentit looks fun as hell.
Based on Slateit’s great podcast Slow combustion, the series stars Penn, Roberts, Shea Whigham as G. Gordon Liddy and Dan Stevens as John Dean. However, some cast members have yet to be revealed, including who the hell Nixon is playing. We can’t wait to find out which member of the Hollywood elite endured hours in the makeup chair to fix that nose.
Gaslit will debut on Starz on April 24th.