The Watergate Saga Is Being Adapted for Television with Julia Roberts | RELEVANT Magazine

Slate’s Gradual Burn podcast is an fascinating undertaking that chooses a brand new extensively identified however poorly understood story from current cultural historical past and offers it the season-long deep-dive remedy. One such remedy went to the Watergate scandal that rocked President Nixon’s White Home, highlighting the forgotten characters and subplots that constructed as much as a defining American second. Now, the podcast is changing into a TV present.

Gaslit is being created by Mr. Robotic mastermind Sam Esmail and can re-team him along with his frequent artistic accomplice Robbie Pickering to inform the story of America’s most well-known impeachment saga, give or take the present one.

Julia Roberts will star as Martha Mitchell, the spouse of Nixon’s lawyer normal John Mitchell and the lady who deserves a lot of the credit score for bringing Nixon’s Watergate involvement into the highlight. Sean Penn will play her ruthless husband who served as Nixon’s closest confidante and Joel Edgerton will play G. Gordon Liddy, the person in command of preserving the fallout of the Pentagon Papers beneath wraps. Edgerton can even direct the present.

Armie Hammer will play John Dean, a younger member of the White Home counsel torn between his conscience and his loyalty to the workplace.

There’s no phrase but on who, if anybody, will play Chuck Colson. Colson was a key participant in Nixon’s White Home who later turned a mannequin member of the Non secular Proper, an interesting story of transformation and, properly, what we’d now name rebranding.

Colson was referred to as Nixon’s go-to “hitman” and has been described as “the evil genius of an evil administration” (he as soon as proposed firebombing the Brookings Establishment to steal politically damaging paperwork whereas firefighters had been busy coping with the destruction). Colson was indicted in 1974 and shortly thereafter, turned a Christian after studying C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity. Whereas his conversion was ridiculed on the time as an affordable ploy for sympathy, Colson’s life did endure a dramatic turnaround following his launch from jail. He devoted his life to jail ministry and reform and have become an influential power for conservative social causes like opposing same-sex marriage and abortion. He handed away in 2012.

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