Julia Roberts Exposes Nixon's Involvement in Watergate in 'Gaslit' Trailer

Julia Roberts stars as the real-life Martha Mitchell in 'Gaslit.' Watch a trailer ahead of its April premiere on Starz.
by Danielle Turchiano — 

Julia Roberts in 'Gaslit'


Martha Mitchell, depending on who in the new Gaslit trailer is asked, is a loudmouth, completely insane, unreliable, or a truth-teller.

Martha is the wife of former president Richard Nixon's attorney general, John Mitchell, who was the first person to publicly talk about Nixon's involvement in the Watergate scandal. In the series debuting April 24 (at midnight on the Starz app and at 8 p.m. on the linear network), Julia Roberts plays Martha and Sean Penn plays John.

Set to "You Don't Own Me," the trailer, which you can watch below, sees Martha telling a journalist (played by Allison Tolman) that she will "say how I feel, and if that gets me banned off Air Force One, I will fly commercial."

"So you were banned from Air Force One?" Tolman's character replies.

"Oh you're good," Martha laughs.

But on a more serious note, many of the men around Martha see her as a liability and try to make it appear that she is suffering from mental health issues. Things get violent, but Martha doesn't just sit down and take it.

Gaslit, based on the first season of the Slow Burn podcast follows Martha as her personal life and Nixon's presidency both begin to unravel with these allegations that prove to be very true.

The show also stars Dan Stevens, Betty Gilpin, Shea Whigham, and Darby Camp. It comes from creator and showrunner Robbie Pickering, who executive produces alongside Matt Ross, who also directs; Sam Esmail and Chad Hamilton under their production banner Esmail Corp; Gabriel Roth and Josh Levin for Anonymous Content and Slate; and Roberts under her banner Red Om Films. Lisa Gillan and Marisa Yeres Gill co-executive produce. Leon Neyfakh, who created the podcast, serves as a consultant. Gaslit is produced by UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group.