Fall TV Preview

The Politician First Look: Ben Platt, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jessica Lange Engage in Student Body Politicking

The Politician Season 1: Ben Platt, Gwyneth Paltrow

The campaign for Ryan Murphy’s inaugural Netflix series begins with a first look at The Politician‘s all-star candidates.

Premiering Friday, Sept. 27, the eight-episode series is described as a dark comedy about Payton Hobart (Dear Evan Hansen‘s Ben Platt), a wealthy student from Santa Barbara, Calif. who has always dreamed of becoming president of the United States, but first must “navigate the most treacherous political landscape of all: Saint Sebastian High School,” according to the official logline. “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.”

The first set of photos reveal Platt alongside former Murphy collaborators Gwyneth Paltrow (who appeared on Glee and is married to Politician co-creator Brad Falchuk) and Jessica Lange (American Horror Story, FEUD: Bette and Joan). Additional cast members include Zoey Deutch (Set It Up), Lucy Boynton (Bohemian Rhapsody), Laura Dreyfuss (Glee), Theo Germaine (Dexter), Julia Schlaepfer (Instinct) and David Corenswet (House of Cards).

As previously reported, Murphy was poached by Netflix from his longtime 21st Century Fox perch back in February 2018, as part of a landmark, $300-million deal. Additional projects in the pipeline include new series Hollywood and Ratched (a One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest prequel starring Sarah Paulson), as well as movie adaptations of Broadway sensations The Boys in the Band and The Prom.

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