'Gaslit' Release Date, Cast, Trailer, Plot—All We Know About the Julia Roberts Series

Oscar-winning actors Julia Roberts and Sean Penn have joined forces for Starz's latest drama Gaslit. The highly anticipated show is based on the first season of Slate's Slow Burn podcast will see the duo bring to life the Watergate Scandal that plagued Richard Nixon's presidency but with a modern twist. Newsweek has everything you need to know about the series including release date, cast, trailer, plot, and more.

When Is 'Gaslit' Out on Starz?

Gaslit will officially premiere on Sunday, April 24 at 9 p.m. ET on Starz and Starzplay.

If you are not a Starz customer, you can sign up to Starzplay now to stream the series as it airs live or on demand. Subscriptions start at $8.99 per month.

Alternatively, you can add Starzplay to your Amazon Prime subscription, for an additional $8.99 per month.

What Is 'Gaslit' on Starz About?

Gaslit is an adaption of Slate's Slow Burn: Watergate podcast and will explore several untold stories from inside the White House about the Watergate scandal, which effectively brought down Nixon's presidency.

The true story will be told mainly from the perspective of Martha Mitchell (played by Julia Roberts), the wife of Nixon's attorney general, John Mitchell, who is described in her official character bio as "a celebrity Arkansan socialite" and a "big personality with an even bigger mouth."

The Watergate scandal is the name given to a major political scandal involving the administration of U.S. President Richard Nixon from 1972 to 1974 which stemmed from the cover-ups of its involvement in the June 1972 break-in of the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Washington, D.C. Watergate Hotel complex.

According to the official synopsis, the series is a "modern take on Watergate that focuses on the untold stories and forgotten characters of the scandal—from Nixon's bumbling and opportunistic subordinates to the deranged zealots aiding and abetting their crimes to the tragic whistleblowers who would eventually bring the whole rotten enterprise crashing down."

Christina Davis, president of original programming for Starz in a statement said: "In 'Gaslit,' we not only have the opportunity to tell an incredible untold story in bringing Martha Mitchell's historic role in Watergate to the forefront, but we are also incredibly lucky to have a dream cast including Julia and Sean and the best creative team and partners we could have asked for."

Who Stars in 'Gaslit' on Starz?

Oscar-winning actors Sean Penn and Julia Roberts lead the cast of Gaslit on Starz.

Milk's Penn portrays Nixon's attorney general, John Mitchell, and best friend in Gaslit.

Pretty Woman's Roberts takes on the role of Martha Mitchell, John's wife and a socialite from Arkansas.

Also starring in the cast of Gaslit are Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens as John Dean, GLOW's Betty Gilpin as Mo Dean, Homecoming's Shea Whigham as G. Gordon Liddy and Big Little Lies star Darby Camp as Marty Mitchell.

Fargo's Allison Tolman will play the role of journalist Winnie McLendon.

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Julia Roberts (L) and Sean Penn (R) star as Martha and John Mitchell respectively in Starz's "Gaslit." Getty

Is There a Trailer for 'Gaslit' on Starz?

Yes, there is a thrilling trailer to get audiences in suspense for Gaslit's premiere.
The trailer begins with a voiceover introducing Martha Mitchell as the "first person to publicly accuse the president of the Watergate break." They then ask, "are you crazy?"

In the clip, Roberts and Penn look unrecognizable as Martha and John Mitchell, and as the trailer flashes through scenes of panic and paparazzi, a man can be heard stating: "that loud-mouth wife of his is becoming a liability."

The trailer comes to an end with Martha sitting in what looks like a courtroom being questioned on why she would risk her husband's position, to which she simply replies: "Because it is the truth."

Gaslit premieres on Starz on Sunday, April 24.