Julia Roberts And Sean Penn Are Unrecognisable In The First Trailer For ‘Gaslit’

Julia Roberts And Sean Penn Are Unrecognisable In The First Trailer For ‘Gaslit’

Julia Roberts is a movie star through and through, which means that you don’t often see the Oscar-winning 54-year-old on the small screen. Of course, there are notable exceptions – that episode of Friends where she steals all of Chandler’s clothes; Amazon Prime’s Emmy-nominated Homecoming – but her next TV role is set to be her buzziest yet. In the upcoming Starz series Gaslit, the actor will play Martha Mitchell, an Arkansan socialite who was married to John Mitchell (Sean Penn), the US attorney general under Richard Nixon, and became a controversial figure after sounding the alarm on the president’s involvement in the Watergate scandal.

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Instantly recognisable thanks to her giant bouffant, cat-eye sunglasses and flamboyant frocks, Martha had been enormously influential since her arrival in Washington – a regular on talk shows who also had a penchant for gossiping to reporters about her husband’s work. When John tried to prevent her from learning the details of the Watergate break-in, she became suspicious and attempted to alert the press. She was then allegedly held captive, beaten, and widely discredited by those defending the government. She and John eventually separated and he was jailed for perjury, conspiracy and obstruction of justice. In Nixon’s interview with David Frost in 1977, the former leader said, “If it hadn’t been for Martha, there’d have been no Watergate.”

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