Starz has unveiled the trailer and key art for Gaslit, its limited series exploring the Watergate scandal. The show focuses on the perspective of Martha Mitchell (Julia Roberts), the wife of Richard Nixon’s Attorney General John Mitchell (Sean Penn). “Gaslit” will debut on Starz’s digital platform on April 24th at midnight, with a linear debut the same day at 8pm ET.
Roberts burns in the trailer, Arkansas accent and all, as a political storm swirls around them, and Penn is almost unrecognizable in his prosthetics and hairpieces. At one point, John slaps Martha in the face, to which she slaps him back, adding, “My mom hit me harder.”
Martha was the first person to publicly disclose Nixon’s involvement in the notorious scandal, which triggered an avalanche of political and personal repercussions. John was Nixon’s close adviser and friend and was forced to take sides between his wife and the President. The series is based on the critically acclaimed Slate podcast Slow Burn.
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 series was created by Robbie Pickering, who is also the showrunner. Other executive producers include series director Matt Ross, Sam Esmail and Chad Hamilton of Esmail Corp, Gabriel Roth of Anonymous Content and Slate, and Josh Levin and Roberts under their Red Om Films banner. Co-Executive Producers are Lisa Gillan and Marisa Yeres Gil. Leon Neyfakh, who created the podcast, introduced the project. Gaslit is produced for Starz by UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group.
Check out the trailer and key graphics below.
Also on today’s TV news:
Dorsey Pictures has acquired the unscripted rights to the life story of the Wright brothers through The Wright Brothers USA. The company will produce a limited series about the brothers, The Fight to Flight, which will chronicle their race with the Smithsonian family to create the first successful airplane. Dorsey Pictures’ Chris Dorsey and Matt Assmus will executive produce the limited documentary series.
Disney Plus is launching the six-part series “Sketchbook,” set to stream April 27. From Walt Disney Animation Studios and Supper Club, Sketchbook gives audiences a glimpse into the animation and drawing process of some of Disney’s most beloved characters – including Encanto’s Mirabel, Emperor’s New Groove’s Kuzco, Olaf from Frozen, Genie from Aladdin, young Simba from The Lion King and Captain Hook from Peter Pan. The educational documentary series will feature artists/animators Gabby Capili (Emperor’s New Groove), Hyun Min Lee (Frozen), Eric Goldberg (Aladdin), Jin Kim (Peter Pan), Samantha Vilfort) and Mark Henn (“The Lion King”) . ).
Hillman Grad Productions, a development and production company founded by Lena Waithe and Rishi Rajani, introduced the next class of aspiring filmmakers for their 8-month, tuition-free Mentorship Lab program. The goal of the lab is to provide career opportunities for marginalized creatives in television and film through workshops, networking opportunities and professional resources.
“For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been about giving back to the next generation of storytellers, whether it’s hosting writing workshops, Saturday flight advice coffee meetings, or reading scripts around the table,” Waithe said. “The diversity of the Mentorship Lab is unlike any other space in Hollywood where all voices are welcome.”
The program is led by Executive Director Lacy Lew Nguyen Wright and Senior Advisor Justin Riley and is self-funded by Waithe. Read below for the full list of the 22 filmmakers selected from a shortlist of 1,700 applicants.
Andy Park (Los Angeles)
Franco Chacon (Los Angeles)
Geralyn Smith (Los Angeles)
Jocelyn Waddell (Los Angeles)
Wai Wing Lau (Los Angeles)
Abi Rich (Boston)
Blake Williams (Los Angeles)
Charlene Little (Douglasville, GA)
Cydney Fisher (Los Angeles)
Emily Teerasuphaset (Los Angeles)
Luveza Mubashar (New York)
Ruben Mendive (Los Angeles)
Van Newman (New York)
Victoria George (Los Angeles)
Donnevan Tolbert (St Clair Shores, Mich.)
Jonny Williams (Los Angeles)
Kashayna Johnson (New York)
LaNora Terrae Hayden (Los Angeles)
Lee Hubilla (New York)
Lynnese side (New York)
Michaela Obro-Ababio (New York)
TJ Chester (West Palm Beach, FL)