Filmmaker Jason Reitman returns with the darkly comic biopic “The Front Runner” which chronicles the rise and fall of American Senator Gary Hart, a Democratic presidential candidate in 1988.
Hugh Jackman stars as Hart who was a front runner in 1988 until accusations of an extramarital affair hobbled his campaign. He famously challenged the media to follow him around and see how boring his life was, only for tabloid photographs to emerge of him having an affair. Whoops.
Based on Matt Bai’s 2014 novel “All the Truth Is Out,” the film is being sold on how this marked the moment in which political journalism took on a tabloid mentality thanks to the 24-hour news cycle and the ratings that come with a sex scandal.
Vera Farmiga, J.K. Simmons, Kaitlyn Dever, Sara Paxton, Mamoudou Athie, Molly Ephraim, Josh Brener, and Mike Judge. co-star in the film opening November 7th.