“My first Netflix show!” he captioned the poster. “So proud of this incredible project and the incredible cast. And I can’t wait for you to binge it in September.”
The dark comedy stars “Dear Evan Hansen”‘s Ben Platt as Payton Hobart, a wealthy student from Santa Barbara, California, who’s dreamt of becoming president since he was 7. Season 1 follows Payton navigating high school and his attempts to get elected student body president. The poster shows part of Payton’s right shoulder covered in his own campaign pins. Somewhere Tracy Flick is seething.
Netflix ordered two seasons of the show last year, and each season will focus around a different political race Payton is involved in.
The Season 1 cast includes frequent Murphy collaborators Gwyneth Paltrow (whose birthday is also Sept. 27) and Jessica Lange, along with Zoey Deutch, Lucy Boynton, Bob Balaban, David Corenswet, Julia Schlaepfer, Laura Dreyfuss, Theo Germaine, Rahne Jones and Benjamin Barrett.
Murphy left his longtime home at FX for Netflix last year under a boffo $300 million five-year deal. His other projects in development at Netflix include “Ratched,” an origin story about Nurse Ratched (Sarah Paulson) from “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” and “Hollywood,” which Murphy described as a “love letter to the Golden Age of Tinseltown.”
“The Politician”‘s release date means the Golden Globes will be the first award show for which it’s eligible, and we can see the Hollywood Foreign Press Association eating this up. It loves a Ryan Murphy joint, and it probably won’t pass up the opportunity to nominate bold-faced names like Paltrow and Lange.