Starz Nabs 'Gaslit' Series, Armie Hammer Role Recast

Sean Penn and Julia Roberts
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Starz has picked up the anthology series Gaslit, with Sean Penn and Julia Roberts set to star in the untold story of Martha Mitchell's role in the Watergate scandal.

Matt Ross will direct and executive produce the series. And the roles of Armie Hammer and Joel Edgerton have been recast, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

It's understood that scheduling conflicts led to Hammer and Edgerton leaving the series a months ago. At the same time, Hammer has been steadily losing acting gigs and representation amid a controversy over graphic messages he allegedly sent several women over social media.

Hammer has already exited The Offer, a Paramount+ series about the making of The Godfather. Before that, he was forced to resign from Lionsgate action-comedy Shotgun Wedding, which would have paired him with Jennifer Lopez. (Josh Duhamel replaced him in the movie.)

Gaslit will be adapted from Slate podcast Slow Burn’s first season about Watergate, with showrunner Robbie Pickering on board. Gaslit is set to start production this spring and will be produced by UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group, for Starz.

"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,” said Christina Davis, president of original programming for Starz, in a statement.

Along with Pickering and Ross, Sam Esmail will executive produce Gaslit via his overall deal with UCP, and Chad Hamilton will executive produce under their production banner Esmail Corp. Roberts will executive produce under her banner Red Om Films, along with co-executive producers Lisa Gillan and Marisa Yeres Gill.

Anonymous Content and Slate’s Gabriel Roth and Josh Levin will also executive produce. Leon Neyfakh, who created the podcast, will consult on the project.