Hugh Jackman will star as Gary Hart in Jason Reitman's The Frontrunner

Hugh Jackman The Frontrunner

Hugh Jackman will be playing a real person later this year when he appears as P.T. Barnum in The Greatest Showman. Jason Reitman is making a movie about the prominent politician who was seen as a regular frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination only to keep losing out to other candidates thanks to a scandal of an extra-marital affair that crippled his political career.

Hart, a U.S. Senator from Colorado, was the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1988 before he was forced to drop out after it was revealed he was engaged in an affair with Donna Rice. And perhaps one of the reasons why George Bush Sr. became president instead. We can expect to hear more on these in the next few months as Reitman looks to get the ball rolling.

In his 1987 speech announcing the end of his candidacy, Hart foresaw a time when good politicians who were imperfect declined to run, and terrible people who were good at creating skepticism and activating the worst in people rose to the fore. And even with the two's denials, a photo showing Rice sitting on Hart's lap near the Monkey Business yacht only fueled the fire.

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Hart during his 1984 bid at the presidency.

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Reitman's Hart-centric movie is titled "The Frontrunner", and "chronicles Hart's meteoric rise and dramatic fall", per the Hollywood Reporter.

They previously worked together on Reitman's upcoming motherhood drama Tully, out next April, which reteams him with Young Adult duo Charlize Theron and Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody.

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