Trailer: Hugh Jackman Faces Political Scandal In THE FRONT RUNNER October 30, 2018 In 1988, Gary Hart was going to be the next U.S. President. This is the story of what happened next. New look at the latest offering from Jason Reitman starring Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga, J.K. Simmons and Alfred Molina. Hugh Jackman stars as the charismatic politician Gary Hart for Academy Award nominated director Jason Reitman in the new thrilling drama The Front Runner. The film follows the rise and fall of Senator Hart, who captured the imagination of young voters and was considered the overwhelming front runner for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination when his campaign was side-lined by the story of an extramarital relationship with Donna Rice. As tabloid journalism and political journalism merged for the first time, Senator Hart was forced to drop out of the race – events that left a profound and lasting impact on American politics and the world stage. THE FRONT RUNNER – Irish release date is January 11th.