Coming at a time when the world needs a smart, sharp political satire, Ryan Murphy and actor Ben Platt are hoping viewers comes out to vote with their eyeballs when political comedy The Politician premieres on Netflix on September 27. Now, they’re getting the first official trailer for the buzz-building series, which follows our “hero”(???) Payton Hobart (Platt) – and as you’re about to see, Hobart is going to be President one day.
Even if that means doing what he has to do to navigate the deadly social and political waters of… high school!
Payton Hobart (Ben Platt), a wealthy student from Santa Barbara, California, has known since age seven that he’s going to be President of the United States. But first he’ll have to navigate the most treacherous political landscape of all: Saint Sebastian High School.
To get elected Student Body President, secure a spot at Harvard, and stay on his singular path to success, Payton will have to outsmart his ruthless classmates without sacrificing his own morality and carefully crafted image. Full of dark comedy and sly satire, Ryan Murphy’s The Politician offers a rare glimpse into just what it takes to make a politician.
The American Horror Story co-creator writes, showruns, and executive produces the one-hour social commentary comedy, with a cast that includes Ben Platt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Lange, Zoey Deutch, Lucy Boynton, Bob Balaban, David Corenswet, Julia Schlaepfer, Laura Dreyfuss, Theo Germaine, Rahne Jones, and Benjamin Barrett. The series also guest stars Bette Midler, Judith Light, Dylan McDermott, and January Jones.
Murphy also announced that Pose writer/director Janet Mock will helm an episode. Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan are also on board to write and serve as executive producers.
To get viewers ready, the streaming service has released a number of preview images (placed throughout the article); while series stars Platt, Jessica Lange (Rose), Zoey Deutch (Infinity), and Lucy Boynton (Astrid) were given 30 seconds by EW to explain the series:
Murphy’s The Politician first received a go-ahead from the streaming service in February 2018, part of Murphy’s overall deal at 20th Century Fox TV. This series is the first in a series of projects viewers can expect from Murphy via Netflix: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest prequel series Ratched with Sarah Paulson; Hollywood, which Murphy calls his “love letter to the Golden Age of Tinseltown;” and film adaptations of stage productions The Boys in the Band and The Prom. Though he has an exclusive creative contract with the streaming service, Murphy will remain actively involved in his current projects (American Horror Story, American Crime Story, 9-1-1, Pose, etc.).