The Politician on Netflix: Jessica Lange, Ben Platt and Everything Else We Know

Political commentary, musical numbers and so much more will be at the center of the new comedy

By Chris Harnick Dec 05, 2018 7:37 PMTags
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Ryan Murphy's calling in the big guns for his new Netflix political comedy, The Politician.

The Politician, which was announced early in 2018, is in production now and has quite the famous cast. Led by Tony winner Ben Platt of Dear Evan Hansen fame, the series features Platt as Payton, a wealthy Californian with political ambitions. You can expect musical numbers because, duh, and social commentary on the state of politics today. Back when the show was announced, Barbra Streisand was in talks for it, but she's since been replaced by...Jessica Lange.

Below, get the lowdown on the new series that is sure to be getting a lot of attention when it finally premieres (whenever that may be).

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The Full Cast

Netflix revealed the entire cast list for the show 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 as series regulars.

The Date

The Politician will premiere on September 27.

What It's All About

The official plot description for The Politician is: "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."

Ryan Murphy's New Home

While the show is at Netflix, which is Ryan Murphy's new home, the show hails from his previous deal with Fox. Netflix handed out a two-season order to the political comedy.

From Tony Winner to Emmy Winner?

Ben Platt of Dear Evan Hansen and Pitch Perfect fame is the central figure of the series as Payton, a wealthy man from Santa Barbara with political ambitions. Expect musical numbers, of course.

Jessica Lange In, Barbra Streisand Out

Barbra Streisand was originally attached to the series, but dropped out to work on her album. "We were in talks about it, but I had to do my album. He wanted me to play a part in a very good script called The Politician, and when I turned it down he hired Jessica Lange, who'll be brilliant. And it's with Gwyneth. But I wanted to make my album. I couldn't devote the time to that," Streisand told The New Yorker.

Dear Evan Hansen Reunion

The Politician will also star Set It Up favorite Zoey Deutch, Lucy Boynton of Bohemian Rhapsody fame, newcomer Rahne Jones, and it'll be a Dear Evan Hansen reunion with Laura Dreyfuss joining the cast alongside Ben Platt.

GOOP Reunion

Gwyneth Paltrow is reteaming with Murphy for the series. The Oscar winner previously work with Murphy on Glee where she played substitute teacher Holly Holliday. She won an Emmy for her guest appearance.

Dylan McDermott and January Jones

Dylan McDermott, who reunited with Murphy for American Horror Story: Apocalypse where he played his AHS: Murder House role, confirmed he's part of the cast. His wife on the series? Mad Men's January Jones.

The Politician will premiere on Netflix...soon.