Netflix Offers First Look Of The Politician Starring Gwyneth Paltrow And Lucy Boynton

It's Paltrow's first TV role in five years

As if there's not enough great TV already - hello Killing Eve, Handmaid's Tale and Stranger Things - a new Netflix show is coming our way and it sounds so good.

The Politician will land on the streaming service in September and tells the story of a wealthy student from California, Payton Hobart, who wants to become President of the United States of America.

Created by Ryan Murphy, the brains behind American Crime Story and American Horror Story, the show has been described as comedy and satire and is a 'rare glimpse into just what it takes to make a politician'.

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Ben Platt and Gwyneth Paltrow in The Politician

Murphy is a very busy, and talented, man. Earlier this week he announced plans for the next series in the American Crime Story franchise. Impeachment will tell the story of the 1998 Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky scandal, with Booksmart's Beanie Feldstein playing Lewinsky, who will serve as an executive producer for the show.

Last month, the cast for his adaptation of The Prom was also announced, starring Meryl Streep, Ariana Grande and Nicole Kidman.

This week, Netflix released the first look images for the show, which you can enjoy scattered below as we bring you everything you need to know about The Politician:

What is Netflix's The Politician about?

According to Netflix, Payton Hobart has had presidential aspirations since the age of 7. But before he can reach the Oval Office, 'he'll have to navigate the most treacherous political landscape of all: Saint Sebastian High School'.

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Ben Platt in The Politician

With aims to be student body president, win a place at Harvard university and eventually commence his career in politics, 'he will have to outsmart his ruthless classmates without sacrificing his own morality and carefully crafted image’.

Who is in the cast of The Politician?

Playing Payton Hobart is 25-year-old Ben Platt, best known from the Pitch Perfect films as well as being an acclaimed Broadway star, appearing in productions of The Book of Mormon and Dear Evan Hanson.

Another big name casting for this show is Gwyneth Paltrow, who plays Payton's very privileged mother. Aside from The Avengers' films, Paltrow has been largely absent from film and TV, choosing to instead focus on her wellness platform Goop. Her last TV part was in 2014, when she featured in Web Therapy.

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A big part of the reason Paltrow conceded to stepping away from Goop temporarily was due to her husband, Brad Falchuk's, persuasive techniques as he is a co-creator of the show.

'It took some convincing,' Falchuk told The Hollywood Reporter. 'A lot of convincing.'

Paltrow revealed how Falchuk described his wife as the 'muse' for the character. After initially saying no due to Goop commitments, the production team orchestrated the filming schedule around Paltrow's work.

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Bohemian Rhapsody's Lucy Boynton also stars in the film and told THR the cast have already become good friends.

Also starring is Zoey Deutch, Jessica Lange, Mad Men's January Jones and legendary singer Bette Midler.

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Rahne Jones and Lucy Boynton in The Politician

Is there a trailer for The Politician?

Yes! The trailer, released on 19 August, shows a high school political system thwarted by ruthless ambition, smear tactics and people seemingly prepared to go to extreme lengths.

Take a look for yourself in the video above.

When will The Politician be released on Netflix?

The eight-part series will be released on Netflix on 27 September.

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