Most with a nose for history know the basics of the US Watergate scandal, but there was apparently a lot more to it – some of which we learn from the based-on-a-true-story Gaslit.
The political thriller limited series is based on the first season of the Slow Burn podcasts, and is billed as “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 main story centres around Martha Mitchell, played by Julia Roberts, an inspiring woman who’s quite happy to speak her mind – even if it gets her in trouble. She’s married to Nixon’s loyal Attorney General, John Mitchell, who’s portrayed by an almost unrecognisable Sean Penn. Gaslit also stars Dan Stevens, Betty Gilpin, Shea Whigham and Darby Camp.
Gaslit kicks off on April 24. Check out the very intriguing trailer: