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".

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