When his deal with 21st Century Fox expired last year, Netflix swooped in and snatched up Ryan Murphy. Reportedly, the streaming service forked over a whopping $300 million. His first offering, under his lucrative 5-year deal, is officially on its way.
The 53-year-old producer just revealed the premiere date, cast and official synopsis for The Politician. It boasts a stellar cast headlined by Tony winner Ben Platt who’s joined by Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Lange and Zoey Deutch to name a few.
When the hour-long musical-comedy was first announced, there were rumors that Barbra Streisand was in talks to join. Guess those negotiations fell through.
Payton Hobart (Platt), a wealthy student from Santa Barbara, California, has known since age seven that he’s going to be President of the United States. But first he’ll have to navigate the most treacherous political landscape of all: Saint Sebastian High School. To get elected Student Body President, secure a spot at Harvard, and stay on his singular path to success, Payton will have to outsmart his ruthless classmates without sacrificing his own morality and carefully crafted image. Full of dark comedy and sly satire, Ryan Murphy’s The Politician offers a rare glimpse into just what it takes to make a politician.
Netflix has given The Politician a two-season straight-to-series order. Like he always does, Murphy will direct the pilot episode. Intrigued by the cast and synopsis? Will you watch it? Weigh in below.