Ryan Murphy has done more for actresses of a certain age than social security pension. He loves putting the spotlight on mature divas in an industry obsessed with the next hot young thing. His latest project is no different.
Just last week, the 53-year-old producer unveiled the cast for his first Netflix series, The Politician. The hour-long musical comedy is headlined by Tony winner Ben Platt who’s joined by Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Lange and Zoey Deutch to name a few.
Two more marquee names have been added. Murphy revealed Judith Light and Bette Midler are hopping on. He made the announcement during the Pose panel at PaleyFest this past weekend. Roles for both ladies are still undisclosed.
Light previously worked with Murphy on American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace and earned an Emmy nomination for her work. Meanwhile, this marks Midler’s first collaboration with Murphy.
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.
The Politician arrives on the streaming service on September 27. Excited to check it out? Weigh in below.