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Thirty years after Gary Hart‘s quest to win the presidency was derailed by a sex scandal, a film about his campaign-gone-wrong is headed to theaters: The Front Runner, which was co-written and directed by Oscar nominee Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air) and stars Oscar nominees Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables) and Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air), had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival in September and will be released by Sony in New York and Los Angeles on Nov. 6, Election Day!, then expand on Nov. 16 before opening nationwide on Nov. 21.
The official poster, just making its debut, features Jackman as Hart, caught before a microphone, at an apparently critical moment in his campaign.
In some ways, The Front Runner feels as timely as ever — ever since Hart’s personal life became public fodder, politicians have consistently dropped like flies when their sex scandals were exposed by the media. On the other hand, aspects of it feel like a quaint period piece, since the current occupant of the White House was elected even after being caught on tape bragging about doing far worse than anything anyone ever accused Hart — an intellectual with big ideas — of doing.
Though Jackman doesn’t look anything like Hart did, he captures the politician’s charisma and stubborn refusal to recognize and react to the new tabloid-media culture, resulting in some of the best reviews of his distinguished and varied career. While other acting commitments are keeping him from doing much campaigning this awards season, he still seems to be the film’s best bet for recognition, although nominations can’t be counted out for the film itself, its screenplay (adapted by Matt Bai, Jay Carson and Reitman from Bai’s 2014 book All the Truth Is Out, The Front Runner) or Farmiga (an actors’ actor who makes the most of her limited screen time).
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