Starz Watergate Drama “Gaslit” Casts Patton Oswalt, Nat Faxon, Erinn Hayes, Patrick Walker and Carlos Valdes Amongst Others
Raphael Sbarge, Chris Conner, Anne Dudek, Brian Geraghty, Nelson Franklin, Reed Diamond, Johnny Berchtold, Adam Ray, and Billy Smith also join the Julia Roberts and Sean Penn led series.
[via press release from Starz]
STARZ WATERGATE DRAMA “GASLIT” CASTS PATTON OSWALT, NAT FAXON, ERINN HAYES, PATRICK WALKER AND CARLOS VALDES AMONGST OTHERS
Raphael Sbarge, Chris Conner, Anne Dudek, Brian Geraghty, Nelson Franklin, Reed Diamond, Johnny Berchtold, Adam Ray, and Billy Smith join the Julia Roberts and Sean Penn Led Series
Santa Monica, Calif. – October 15, 2021 – STARZ announced today additional recurring cast members that will appear in STARZ Original series “Gaslit,” the untold story of Martha Mitchell’s role in exposing Watergate. Emmy(R) winner Patton Oswalt (Young Adult, “A.P. Bio”); Oscar(R) winner Nat Faxon (The Descendants, The Way Way Back); Emmy(R) nominee Erinn Hayes (“Childrens Hospital,” Bill & Ted Face the Music); Patrick Walker (“The Resident,” “Power”); Carlos Valdes (“The Flash,” “Arrow”); Raphael Sbarge (“Once Upon a Time,” Risky Business); Chris Conner (“Altered Carbon,” “American Crime Story”); Anne Dudek (White Chicks, “House”); Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker, Flight); Nelson Franklin (“Veep,” “New Girl”); Reed Diamond (Moneyball, “Designated Survivor”); Johnny Berchtold (“The Wilds,” “Manhunt”); Adam Ray (The Heat, Spy); and Billy Smith (Sully, The Irishman) all join the Julia Roberts and Sean Penn led series in recurring roles. The series is created and executive produced by Robbie Pickering (“Mr. Robot,” “Search Party,” Natural Selection).
“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, and the deranged zealots aiding and abetting their crimes, to the tragic whistleblowers who would eventually bring the whole rotten enterprise crashing down.
The story will center on Martha Mitchell, played by Julia Roberts. A big personality with an even bigger mouth, Martha is a celebrity Arkansan socialite and wife to Nixon’s loyal Attorney General, John Mitchell, played by Sean Penn. Despite her party affiliation, she’s 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 Attorney General, Mitchell is Nixon’s most trusted advisor and best friend. Temperamental, foulmouthed and ruthless – yet hopelessly in love with his famously outspoken wife – he’ll be forced to choose between Martha and the President.
“Gaslit” Recurring Cast
Patton Oswalt will play “Chuck Colson,” a close advisor to Nixon who served as Special Counsel to the President and played a role in the Watergate cover-up.
Nat Faxon will play “Bob Haldeman,” White House Chief of Staff to President Nixon. With John Ehrlichman, he operated as the “Berlin Wall” standing between Nixon and the rest of the administration.
Erinn Hayes will play “Peggy Ebbitt,” a friend of the Mitchells from the early days of their marriage.
Patrick Walker will play “Frank Wills,” the security guard at the Watergate who is the first to find evidence of the break-in, raising the alarm on one of the biggest political scandals in American history and altering the course of his own life.
Carlos Valdes will play “Paul Magallanes,” one of the FBI Agents assigned to the Watergate case. He and his partner, Angelo Lano (Chris Messina), come up against the full force of the White House as they investigate the events of June 1972.
Raphael Sbarge will play “Charles N. Shaffer,” attorney to John Dean (Dan Stevens) during his testimony to the Senate Watergate Committee.
Chris Conner will play “John Ehrlichman,” Nixon’s right-hand man and, with Bob Haldeman, the “Berlin Wall” protecting the President from accountability and enacting his every whim.
Anne Dudek will play “Diana Oweiss,” secretary to Attorney General John Mitchell (Sean Penn).
Brian Geraghty will play “Peter,” a security guard hired by John Mitchell to protect the Mitchell family, who plays a direct role in a traumatic experience which changes Martha Mitchell’s (Julia Roberts) life.
Nelson Franklin will play “Dick Moore,” White House Special Counsel and John Dean’s right-hand man, getting in over his head in both the Watergate cover-up and the ’72 Republican National Convention.
Reed Diamond will play “Mark Felt,” Associate Director of the FBI under L. Patrick Gray, who leaked information from the FBI to the Washington Post as Deep Throat.
Johnny Berchtold will play “Jay Jennings,” son of Martha Mitchell (Julia Roberts). A Vietnam veteran, Jay is the reason Martha bucks the Nixon party by objecting to the Vietnam War.
Adam Ray will play “Ron Ziegler,” Nixon’s White House Press Secretary, tasked with fielding questions about Martha Mitchell (Julia Roberts) and the Watergate scandal.
Billy Smith will play “Ken Ebbitt,” an old friend of John Mitchell (Sean Penn) and the one who first introduces Mitchell to Martha (Julia Roberts).
Along with Pickering, Matt Ross (Captain Fantastic, 28 Hotel Rooms) will direct and executive produce with Sam Esmail (“Homecoming,” “Mr. Robot”), via his overall deal with UCP, and Chad Hamilton (“Mr. Robot,” “Homecoming”), serving as executive producers under their production banner Esmail Corp. Roberts will executive produce under her banner Red Om Films along with co-executive producers Lisa Gillan and Marisa Yeres Gill. Anonymous Content and Slate’s Gabriel Roth and Josh Levin will also executive produce. Leon Neyfakh, who created the podcast, will consult on the project. “Gaslit” is produced by UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group, for STARZ.
“Gaslit” will air on STARZ in the U.S. and Canada, and on its international premium streaming platform, Starzplay, across its complete footprint in Europe, Latin America and Japan.
Executive Vice President of Original Programming Karen Bailey is the STARZ executive overseeing “Gaslit.”
STARZ (www.starz.com), a Lionsgate company, is a leading global media streaming platform committed to delivering premium content that amplifies narratives by, about and for women and underrepresented audiences. STARZ is home to the highly-rated and first-of-its-kind STARZ app that offers the ability to stream or download STARZ premium content, as well as the flagship domestic STARZ(R) service, including STARZ ENCORE, 17 premium pay TV channels, and the associated on-demand and online services. In 2018, STARZ launched its STARZPLAY international premium streaming platform to provide subscribers access to the “best of global SVOD.” STARZPLAY, coupled with its STARZPLAY ARABIA joint venture, has expanded its global footprint into more than 55 countries throughout Europe and Latin America along with Canada, Japan, India and Indonesia. STARZ and STARZPLAY are available across digital OTT platforms and multichannel video distributors, including cable operators, satellite television providers, and telecommunications companies around the world. In February 2021, STARZ launched #TakeTheLead, a multi-faceted and innovative inclusion initiative expanding its existing efforts to improve representation on screen, behind the camera and throughout the company.
About UNIVERSAL CONTENT PRODUCTIONS
Universal Content Productions (UCP), a division of Universal Studio Group, is a best-in-class content studio that leverages the power and scale of NBCUniversal while collaborating with visionary storytellers. The studio is responsible for commercially successful and critically acclaimed scripted and unscripted docu-series programming, including “The Umbrella Academy,” “Battlestar Galactica,” “Mr. Robot,” “The Act,” “Monk,” “Dr. Death,” “Dr. Death: The Undoctored Story,” “Homecoming,” “The Sinner,” “Suits,” “Dirty John” and “Psych.” Upcoming titles include “Gaslit” starring Julia Roberts and Sean Penn as well as “Joe Exotic” with Kate McKinnon, Kyle MacLachlan, William Fichtner, Dean Winters and John Cameron Mitchell.