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Roberts, Penn sign on for Starz’s ‘Gaslit’

Julia Roberts will star as Martha Mitchell, wife of US Attorney General John Mitchell, in "Gaslit."
Julia Roberts will star as Martha Mitchell, wife of US Attorney General John Mitchell, in "Gaslit."Hau Dinh/AP/file 2019

That scripted series adaptation of Slate’s “Slow Burn” podcast on Watergate, which was created and hosted by podcasting powerhouse (and former Globie) Leon Neyfakh, is continuing to develop.

Sean Penn and Julia Roberts were already attached, bringing their marquee power to the Starz project. Called “Gaslit,” it will feature the pair as Richard Nixon’s Attorney General John Mitchell and his wife, Martha Mitchell. The series will reunite Roberts with her “Homecoming” director Sam Esmail, who will executive produce “Gaslit” with Robbie Pickering.

Now Dan Stevens — he was Matthew on “Downton Abbey” — has been added to the cast, to play White House Counsel John Dean. Armie Hammer had been cast in the role, but he is no longer with the series in the wake of his (I can’t believe I’m about to write this) cannibalism scandal.

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