Today, Starz released the first teaser trailer and images of Academy Award winners Julia Roberts and Sean Penn in Gaslit, the Watergate story you’ve never heard before. The limited series also stars Dan Stevens, Betty Gilpin and Shea Whigham and is set to premiere Sunday, April 24 across all STARZ platforms, including on STARZ at 9 PM ET/PT in the U.S. and Canada, and will air day and date internationally on the STARZPLAY premium streaming platform across Europe, Latin America and Japan.
Gaslit 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. The story centers on Martha Mitchell, played by 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 Penn. Despite her party affiliation, Mitchell was 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 was Nixon’s most trusted advisor and best friend. Temperamental, foul-mouthed and ruthless – yet hopelessly in love with his famously outspoken wife – he’s forced to choose between Martha and the President. Gaslit also stars Dan Stevens as John Dean, Betty Gilpin as Mo Dean, Shea Whigham as G. Gordon Liddy and Darby Camp as Marty Mitchell.
“The goal in making this project has always been to bring a real humanity to this subject, which yields a far richer and more relatable story than the standard male-driven political dramas about the period. I can’t wait for viewers to experience the extraordinary performances in this remarkable ensemble, led by Julia Roberts, brought to life in this thrilling, stranger-than-fiction tale of marriage, love, betrayal, and ultimately, hope,” says Robbie Pickering, Creator, Executive Producer and Showrunner.
Gaslit is based on the first season of the critically acclaimed “Slow Burn” podcast. It was created and executive produced by Robbie Pickering. Matt Ross (Big Love) directs and executive produces. Sam Esmail, via his overall deal with UCP and Chad Hamilton serve as executive producers under their production banner Esmail Corp. Roberts executive produces under her banner Red Om Films, along with co-executive producers Lisa Gillan and Marisa Yeres Gill. Anonymous Content and Slate’s Gabriel Roth and Josh Levin also executive produce. Leon Neyfakh, who created the podcast, consulted on the project. Gaslit is produced by UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group, for STARZ.