In a new trailer during tonight’s Emmy broadcast, Netflix’s The Politician introduced characters played by Judith Light and Bette Midler. Both will play Dede Standish and Hadassah Gold, respectively. In an award show themed endorsement of the cast, the trailer highlighted the Oscars, Emmys, Tonys, Golden Globes, and Grammys collectively won by many of the show’s actors. On the upcoming series, Light and Midler join a cast that already includes Broadway’s Ben Platt (Dear Evan Hansen), Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Lange (American Horror Story), Dylan McDermott (American Horror Story) and Lucy Boynton (Bohemian Rhapsody).
An eight-episode limited series, The Politician will follow wealthy California high schooler Payton Hobart (Platt) as he competes in several elections throughout his life. Peyton’s ruthless ambition is centered on a central goal: becoming the President of the United States. Paltrow play’s Peyton’s mother, who, as she says in an earlier trailer, is “scared” of her son’s ambition. Boynton plays Peyton’s similarly ruthless political rival. The series is meant to be as much a criticism of wealth and nepotism in America as it is a critique of its politics.
The Politician is American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy’s first show for Netflix after signing a massive overall deal with the streaming giant. Murphy is also producing One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest prequel Ratched, and Hollywood, something he calls “A love letter to the Golden Age of Tinseltown.” Both will air on Netflix.
The new trailer seems to open with a crucial moment in Peyton’s life that is referenced in an interview Murphy did with the Hollywood Reporter: Peyton’s rejection by Harvard. From there, the focus is on the theme of ambition, with McDermott’s character opining, “You’re either a winner, or a loser.”
The Politician will be available to stream on Netflix on September 27.
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