Oscar winners Julia Roberts and Sean Penn are confirmed in the cast of Galist, a series on the paid channel Starz that will show a new approach to the Watergate case, a scandal responsible for overthrowing the government of former president ofthe United States Richard Nixon (1913-1994).
Created as an anthology, Galist’s first year will be an adaptation of the first season of the popular North American podcast Slow Burn on Watergate. Robbie Pickering (Mr. Robot) will be the showrunner, while Matt Ross (Captain Fantastic) will be in charge of the direction.
According to the official description, the series features a modern version of Watergate that focuses on untold stories and the forgotten characters of the scandal – like Nixon’s opportunistic and clumsy subordinates, disorderly fanatics helping and inciting his crimes, and whistleblowers tragic events that would eventually bring down the whole rotten enterprise.
Galist will focus on the story of Martha Mitchel (Julia Roberts), a socialite Arkansas State celebrity and wife of Nixon’s loyal Attorney General, John Mitchell (Penn). She was the first first person to publicly raise the alarm about Nixon’s involvement in Watergate, causing both the presidency and his personal life to collapse.
As Attorney General, John Mitchell (1913-1988) was Nixon’s most trusted advisor and best friend. Temperamental, wild and unforgiving, but hopelessly in love with his mate, he is forced to choose between Martha and the former president.
Watergate is considered one of the biggest political scandals in US history. In 1974, the Washigton Post newspaper began publishing a series of reports revealing the involvement of Nixon and the Republican party to influence the US elections.
Galist production is expected to start in the first half of this year. The launch should occur only in 2022. In the USA, the series will be shown on the Starz channel and will be available in other markets through the Starzplay streaming service.
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