Starz announced that the Emmy Award-nominated Betty Gilpin (Glow, Masters of Sex) and SAG and Teen Choice Award winner Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey, Beauty and the Beast, Legion) have been cast as the infamous couple “Mo” and “John Dean” in Gaslit, starring Julia Roberts (Homecoming, Wonder) and Sean Penn (Milk, Mystic River).
Also joining the cast as series regulars are three-time SAG Award winner Shea Whigham (Joker, Perry Mason, Homecoming) as G. Gordon Liddy and SAG Award nominee Darby Camp (The Christmas Chronicles, Big Little Lies) who will star as Mitchell’s daughter Marty Mitchell.
Executive producer and series creator Robbie Pickering (Mr. Robot, Search Party, Natural Selection) will helm the high-profile series adapted from the first season of Slate’s award-winning podcast Slow Burn about Watergate.
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 story will center on Martha Mitchell, played by 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 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.
Betty Gilpin will play “Mo Dean,” a former stewardess who meets John Dean on a blind date and falls in love with him just as he becomes embroiled in Watergate. Sharp and quick-thinking, Mo learns her new husband is a principal figure in the scandal as they’re both thrust onto a national stage.
Dan Stevens will play “John Dean,” a hotshot young lawyer, Dean is climbing the ranks of White House Counsel when the Watergate break-in occurs. He finds himself in the center of a political scandal, realizing that he’s bound himself to an administration that wants him to take the fall.
Shea Whigham will play “G. Gordon Liddy,” a former FBI agent and chief operative of Nixon’s “Plumbers” unit, who spearheads the Watergate espionage operation as part of Nixon’s 1972 reelection campaign. A zealot and true believer, Liddy follows his own moral code, which drives him to protect the President at all costs.
Darby Camp will play “Marty Mitchell,” Martha Mitchell’s daughter, who spent much of her young life living in her mother’s shadow. Accustomed to being dressed up and paraded around parties, Marty has to choose between her parents as their marriage falls apart.
Along with Pickering, Matt Ross (Captain Fantastic, 28 Hotel Rooms) will direct and executive produce, and Sam Esmail (Homecoming, Mr. Robot), via his overall deal with UCP, and Chad Hamilton (Mr. Robot, Homecoming) serve 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.