Hugh Jackman lands role as scandalised US politician Gary Hart in The Frontrunner

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Broede Carmody

Move over, Kevin Spacey. A new scandal-prone politician is in town. 

Hugh Jackman is trading in his Wolverine costume for a slick, tailored suit after landing the lead role in the upcoming political drama The Frontrunner

The movie will explore the 1988 race to the White House, with Hollywood’s favourite Australian playing former Colorado senator Gary Hart. The US politician was tipped to win the Democratic presidential nomination that year, but stepped down after details of an extramarital affair made headlines across the country. 

Jason Reitman wrote the screenplay with help from US journalist Matt Bai and former Hillary Clinton press secretary Jay Carson, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Senator Hart’s dramatic fall from grace is widely considered to have ushered in a new era of political journalism. Prior to the allegations being published, scribes rarely reported on politicians’ private lives. 

The role is set to be Jackman’s first time playing a politician on the big screen (he did play a killer with political motivations in the 2006 film Scoop but, since then, has poured most of his time and energy into the string of X-Men films). 

Casting Jackman is a major win for Reitman, who will be returning to a political story for the first time since his first feature film Thank You for Smoking. Jackman most recently starred in Logan, which scooped up more than $800 million at the box office. 

 

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