Julia Roberts and Sean Penn will star in Gaslit, a series based on the “Slow Burn” podcast about the Watergate case. The series can be seen on Starzplay. It will be the return of the Pretty Woman actress and Erin Brockovich to television after starring in the first season of Netflix’s Homecoming.
Gaslit will narrate one of the unknown stories of the Watergate case, focusing on characters that were left in the background in the history books. The fiction will focus on Martha Mitchell, wife of Attorney General John Mitchell, played by Penn, who was instrumental in revealing the president’s involvement in the Watergate scandal.
Roberts will play Mitchell, a woman of great personality, and quite loud, who was quite a celebrity, as well as a member of the high society of Arkansas. Despite her affiliation with the Republican party, she was the first to want to expose the former president’s illegal practices. Penn will be her husband, a man loyal to Nixon who will find himself at a professional, political and personal crossroads.
Joel Edgerton was originally going to star in and direct the project, but is no longer related to the miniseries, as well as his brother Nash. Armie Hammer, who was to play an attorney in the case, also left the production.
Matt Ross, director of 28 Hotel Rooms and Captain Fantastic, will direct the miniseries, in addition to serving as an executive producer. Robbie Pickering (Mr. Robot, Search Party) will be the showrunner.