Day 1. Principal photography. The Front Runner. #thefrontrunner @JasonReitman @BronStudios pic.twitter.com/oHdi3hYQ2O— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) September 18, 2017
Front Runner finds Jackman as real life US politician Gary Hart, who was part of a fascinating, controversial story. Hart, a charismatic senator from Colorado, became the Democratic frontrunner for the presidential nomination in 1988, and all seemed to be going well until a political and personal landmine detonated, with news breaking that he had had an affair, and he dropped out of the race. The rest of the story saw Michael Dukakis scoring the nomination and losing to George H. W. Bush.
Reitman wrote the script alongside political journalist Matt Bai and former Hilary Clinton press secretary Jay Carson, adapting Bai's 2015 book All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid. The focus, besides the story, will be on how the scandal opened up a fresh vein in American politics and the media, with personal stories once more becoming fair game.
The cast for the film also includes J.K. Simmons (Whiplash), Vera Farmiga – who scored an Academy Award® nomination for the director's Up In The Air (2009) – Mamoudou Athie (The Get Down), Josh Brener (The Internship), Sarah Paxton (The Innkeepers), Ari Graynor (Mystic River) and Tommy Dewey (The Escort). As of right now, there is no official release date for the movie.