‘Bad Education’ Trailer: Hugh Jackman Stars in HBO Movie About Major (and Real) School Scandalous

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Check out the teaser trailer that HBO has released for upcoming film Bad Education, looking at the largest school embezzlement scandal in U.S. history.

Aussie export Hugh Jackman stars as real-life disgraced Roslyn School District (Long Island) superintendent Dr. Frank Tassone, who became the target of a corruption investigation and a discovered $11.2 million larceny scandal. It’s a crazy story – and you can get further details in this engrossing Vanity Fair article.

Also starring Allison Janney and Ray Romano, the film marks the sophomore effort for director Cory Finley, who previously wrote and directed 2017 dark comedy thriller Thoroughbreds. Interestingly, the writer of Bad Education is I Think We’re Alone Now scribe Mike Makowsky, who was actually a student at Roselyn when it all hit the fan with Tassone.

The film was met with positive reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival, where HBO acquired it for a pricey $US20 million.

Bad Education will be hitting HBO on April 25.

Official synopsis for Bad Education:

Directed by Cory Finley and based on a true story, a student reporter starts to trace embezzlement at the Roslyn School District, in Long Island after the assistant superintendent makes a crucial mistake that hints at corruption that spans over a decade.


Dr. Frank Tassone, played by Hugh Jackman serves as the superintendent of the district that he led to be the fourth best in the country. He’s forced to deal with the fallout of this scandal and attempts to protect others— and himself.

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