The ‘Logan’ star will portray the fallen politician, who was considered the frontrunner for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination when his campaign was rocked by revelations of an extramarital affair.
Hugh Jackman is hitting the campaign trail for Jason Reitman’s The Frontrunner.
The Logan star will play politician Gary Hart, who was considered the frontrunner for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination when his campaign was rocked by revelations of an extramarital affair with Donna Rice. The U.S. senator from Colorado then dropped out of the race.
Reitman wrote the screenplay with veteran political journalist Matt Bai and former Hillary Clinton press secretary Jay Carson (House of Cards). Based on Bai’s 2014 book All the Truth Is Out, the story chronicles Hart’s meteoric rise and dramatic fall as he sought the nation’s highest office. Massachusetts Gov. Mike Dukakis, who had been trailing Hart, wound up landing the Democratic nomination. He eventually lost to George Bush. But the Hart story proved to be a turning point in American politics and the media, ushering in the tabloid age, where personal indiscretions became fair game. Before Hart, the media turned a blind eye to the infidelities of politicians.
The Frontrunner would mark Reitman’s return to political fare. His first film, Thank You for Smoking, offered a satirical look at Washington lobbyists. The Oscar-nominated director (Juno) is currently in post-production on the Charlize Theron starrer Tully, which was written by Diablo Cody.
The film also represents a reteam for Reitman and Bron Studios, which financed Tully. Bron’s recent credits include Miguel Arteta’s Beatriz at Dinner, Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation and Denzel Washington’s best picture Oscar nominee Fences. The Frontrunner joins an upcoming Bron slate that also includes Dan Gilroy’s Roman Israel, Esq., starring Washington.
Reitman is repped by WME and Jackoway Tyerman.
Jackman starred in this year’s X-Men solo outing Logan, which was a breakout hit for Fox, earning $618 million worldwide despite an R rating. He will next be seen in The Greatest Showman, playing circus pioneer P.T. Barnum. Jackman is handled by WME and Sloane Offer.
Bai and Carson are represented by CAA and Management 360. Bai is additionally repped by Jackoway Tyerman.
Borys Kit contributed to this report.