Hugh Jackman to play Senator Gary Hart in The Frontrunner

Hugh Jackman The Frontrunner

Jason Reitman is making a movie about the prominent politician who was seen as a regular frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination only to keep losing out to other candidates thanks to a scandal of an extra-marital affair that crippled his political career.

It looks like the much-beloved actor Hugh Jackman (Logan, Les Misérables) is finally throwing his hat into politics... at least, he's going to play a politician in a Gary Hart biopic.

Colorado senator Hart was the frontrunner for the nomination, but his campaign was rocked by revelations of an extramarital affair with Donna Rice, resulting in Hart dropping out of the race.

Hart, then a Colorado senator, was a frontrunner in the race, but ended up dropping out after an alleged affair with Donna Rice, leaving the nomination to MA governor Mike Dukakis.

Eventual Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis went on to lose to President George H.W. Bush.


The Frontrunner is based on a script from Reitman, political journalist Matt Bai, and former Hillary Clinton press secretary Jay Carson, who is also a producer on House of Cards.

Reitman wrote the screenplay, which chronicles Hart's meteoric rise and dramatic fall.

The movie will mark the first direct foray into politics for Reitman, although his first film, 2006's Thank You For Smoking, offered a satirical look at lobbyists in Washington D.C. Reitman is a four-time Oscar nominee who is also known for Juno, Young Adult, and Casual; he is now in post-production on the Charlize Theron-starring comedy Tully.

Jackman is set to appear next in The Greatest Showman, in which he plays legendary circus man P.T. Barnum. He was nominated for Academy Awards for directing "Juno" and "Up in the Air".

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Ally Hilfiger Marries Steve Hash in Mustique
Jun 28, 2017 - 23:05
Hilfiger has spent almost a year collaborating with his 32-year-old daughter to create the wedding gown of her dreams. On the day, the couple's daughter, Harley, was present as a flower girl.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Britain Will Allow European Nationals to Remain After Brexit
Jun 28, 2017 - 23:04
Qualifying citizens will be given a grace period of time to apply for documentation proving their settled status post-Brexit. As long as they want to stay living here, they will see no immigration conditions placed on their residency.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Philando Castile shooting: Police vehicle dashcam footage released
Jun 28, 2017 - 23:02
Dash-camera footage released along with the transcript clearly picks up Castile telling the officer "I do have a firearm on me". After an exchange in which Castile says he's carrying a weapon, Yanez fires several rounds into the vehicle , killing Castile .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Syria appears to have heeded US warning on chemical attack: Jim Mattis
Jun 28, 2017 - 23:01
The State Department officials weren't authorized to discuss national security planning publicly and requested anonymity. Earlier this month, the USA shot down a Syrian fighter jet for the first time.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Jammu and Kashmir: Special investigation team takes up police officer lynching case
Jun 28, 2017 - 22:53
A senior police officer told that Friday's lynching has resulted in fear among the lower rungs of security forces. Nowhatta, where the lynching took place, falls under the jurisdiction of the SP, North Srinagar .

Cosby says has no plans for 'sexual assault tour'
Jun 28, 2017 - 22:45
In May, a Pennsylvania judge agreed to hear a case that accused Cosby of three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault. Bill Cosby arrives for his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., June 17, 2017.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Aadhar Must linked to Pan Card from July 1st, Government notify rules
Jun 28, 2017 - 22:41
In order to ease the process of linking PAN and Aadhaar, the IT department has announced the process on its e-filing portal. A total of 111 million people has aadhaar in the country, whereas only 25 crore people have PAN cards.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Kidambi Srikanth's class acts lift up Indian badminton stock
Jun 28, 2017 - 22:29
Continuing his fine run, recently-crowned Indonesia Open champion Kidambi Srikanth on Friday defeated fellow Indian shuttler B. Last month this day, he was just another fighter jostling at World No 24, and only India's fourth best.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Led Coalition Strikes Destroy 14 Daesh Positions in Mosul - Joint Task Force
Jun 28, 2017 - 22:25
Islamic State still controls the mosque's grounds and about half of the territory in the Old City, its last redoubt in Mosul. A US-led worldwide coalition is providing air and ground support in the eight-month-old offensive.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Putin trusted more than Trump, US research center's survey says
Jun 28, 2017 - 22:25
We simply can not afford, they said, to have an American president that the rest of the world doesn't trust, respect, and admire. The Pew survey also found opposition to Trump's proposal to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal , which he has yet to act on.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top European Union expats will need identity card to remain in United Kingdom after Brexit
Jun 28, 2017 - 22:24
The Brexit Secretary said he believed negotiations would be completed by the two-year deadline in March 2019. Those who fail to apply within the two-year grace period will no longer have permission to remain in the UK.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Donald Trump's United Kingdom state visit has not been canceled, insists Boris Johnson
Jun 28, 2017 - 22:24
Trump reportedly later told the PM he would not go ahead with the visit if it was likely to cause widespread demonstrations. Johnson said: "That's because we haven't yet agreed a date with the White House".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Qatar emir congratulates Saudi crown prince
Jun 28, 2017 - 22:23
That account has frequently criticised Mohammed bin Salman , suggesting his impulsiveness could be unsafe . Mohammed bin Nayef was once a towering figure credited with crushing al-Qaida's cells in Saudi Arabia .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Jayson Tatum: What The Celtics Are Getting With The No. 3 Pick
Jun 28, 2017 - 22:22
And when asked about what he did for his short stay in Sacramento, Ainge took shots at the city in the process. Ainge said he was upset about the last-minute cancellation, but that they didn't hold it against him.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top EU Slugs Google A Whoping $3.59 Billion Fine For Anti-Competitive Behaviour
Jun 28, 2017 - 22:15
When users type words like " online shopping ", for example, they would get top results that are directly affiliated with Google. Google denies the charge that it abused its position and has said it may appeal.