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Hugh Jackman to Lead Gary Hart’s Biopic

June 27, 2017

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Hugh Jackman is set to play former politician senator Gary Hart for the upcoming biopic THE FRONTRUNNER, to be written and directed by Jason Reitman.

Hart served as a U.S. Senator from Colorado from 1975 to 1987, but is most famous for his two bids for the presidency in 1984 and 1988. During the latter primary campaign he was considered the frontrunner, far ahead of eventual candidate Mike Dukakis, but his momentum became hobbled by accusations in the media of an extramarital affair. Hart famously challenged the media. The tabloids accepted the challenge, and photographs of Hart with a woman named Donna Rice aboard a yacht brought a swift end to his candidacy.

Hart eventually rebounded as a valuable voice on national security– warning the Bush Administration of the possibility of the 9/11 attacks before they happened– and eventually served as Vice Chairman of the Homeland Security Advisory Council from 2008 to 2011. He also became a prolific author, writing 15 non-fiction books and five novels.

Jackman will be seen next this December’s musical P.T Barnum biopic The Greatest Showman, while Reitman recently directed Diablo Cody’s written comedy Tully starring Charlize Theron for next year.

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