Additional casting announcements have begun to roll in for Starz’s upcoming Watergate drama Gaslit. Betty Gilpin (GLOW) has been cast in the role of Maureen “Mo” Dean. Also joining as series regulars are Shea Whigham (Perry Mason) as G. Gordon Liddy and Darby Camp (Big Little Lies) as Marty Mitchell.
Adapted from the first season of Slate’s award-winning podcast Slow Burn, Gaslit is a modern take on Watergate that focuses on the untold stories and forgotten characters of the scandal — from Nixon’s bumbling, 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 series centers on Martha Mitchell (Julia Roberts), a big personality with an even bigger mouth, who is a celebrity Arkansan socialite and wife to Nixon’s loyal Attorney General, John Mitchell (Sean Penn). Despite her party affiliation, Martha 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 Nixon’s most trusted advisor and best friend, Attorney General Mitchell must choose between his wife and the President. It was announced last month that Dan Stevens would be replacing Armie Hammer in the role of the young White House Counsel John Dean.
Gaslit was created by Robbie Pickering, written by Pickering, Amelia Gray, Alberto Roldán, Anayat Fakhraie, Uzoamaka Maduka, and Sofya Levitsky-Weitz, and directed by Matt Ross.
Stay tuned for more news on Gaslit.