Hugh Jackman plays real-life politician Gary Hart in the upcoming drama The Front Runner, the latest film from director Jason Reitman (Up in the Air, Juno).
The Aussie star dons some new locks for the role, playing a man who was the front runner for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination until a sex scandal stopped it all. This could find Jackman up for some nominations come awards season, as could the overall film. It looks solid, given further promise with supporting roles taken by J.K. Simmons, Vera Farmiga and Alfred Molina. That’s Sara Paxton as the other party in the affair, Donna Rice.
It’s clear that there are comparisons to be made with the politics of today; funny how this scandal ended Hart’s run, while certain groping comments and pornstar affair accusations surrounding another thick-haired individual currently in a position of power appear to have been nothing but minor speed humps. The political landscape and what outrages the public has certainly changed.
The Front Runner will be hitting US cinemas on November 21 (Election Day) and will arrive in Australia on January 24, 2019.
Synopsis for The Front Runner:
Oscar® nominee Hugh Jackman stars as the charismatic politician Gary Hart for Academy Award®-nominated director Jason Reitman in the new thrilling drama The Front Runner. The film follows the rise and fall of Senator Hart, who captured the imagination of young voters and was considered the overwhelming front runner for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination when his campaign was sidelined by the story of an extramarital relationship with Donna Rice. As tabloid journalism and political journalism merged for the first time, Senator Hart was forced to drop out of the race – events that left a profound and lasting impact on American politics and the world stage. Also starring Vera Farmiga, J.K. Simmons and Alfred Molina, The Front Runner is written by Matt Bai & Jay Carson & Jason Reitman, based on the book All the Truth is Out by Matt Bai, and produced by Jason Reitman and Helen Estabrook of Right of Way Films and Aaron L. Gilbert of BRON Studios.