Hugh Jackman to Play Gary Hart in Jason Reitman Political Drama

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  • Hugh Jackman
    Hugh Jackman
    Australian actor and producer
  • Jason Reitman
    Canadian-American director; writer; actor
  • Gary Hart
    Gary Hart
    American politician
Hugh Jackman; Jason Reitman; Gary Hart
Hugh Jackman; Jason Reitman; Gary Hart (Photos: Getty Images)

By Tatiana Siegel, Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter

Hugh Jackman is hitting the campaign trail for Jason Reitman‘s The Frontrunner.

The Logan star will play disgraced politician Gary Hart, who in 1988 was considered the frontrunner for the 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, which chronicles Hart’s meteoric rise and dramatic fall. 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.

He 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.

Borys Kit contributed to this report.

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