Hugh Jackman🐺 to Play Gary Hart in Jason Reitman Drama👔

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Hugh Jackman is hitting the campaign trail for Jason Reitman's The Frontrunner.

The Logan star will play politician Gary Hart, who was considered the frontrunner for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination when his campaign was rocked by revelations of an extramarital affair with Donna Rice. The U.S. senator from Colorado then dropped out of the race.

The screenplay was written by veteran political journalist Matt Bai, former Hillary Clinton press secretary Jay Carson (House of Cards) and Reitman, based on Bai's 2014 book All the Truth Is Out. It chronicles Hart's meteoric rise and dramatic fall as he sought the nation's highest office.

Massachusetts Gov. Mike Dukakis, who had been trailing Hart, wound up landing the Democratic nomination. He eventually lost to George Bush. But the Hart story proved to be a turning point in American politics and the media, ushering in the tabloid age where personal indiscretions became fair game.

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