Following the recent addition of Domhnall Gleeson as John Dean, Deadline brings word that Game of Thrones vet Lena Headey has signed on for a leading role in the upcoming limited series titled The White House Plumbers, which is centered around the Watergate scandal. This project will also reunite Headey with HBO, who is co-producing with wiip. Gleeson and Headey will be joining previously announced cast members Woody Harrelson (Zombieland: Double Tap) and Justin Theroux (Maniac), who both previously worked with the premium network in their respective acclaimed dramas True Detective and The Leftovers.
The Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated actress is set to portray the role of Dorothy Hunt, a mother of four and an active CIA asset. Dorothy tries to hold her family together while entangling herself in her husband’s catastrophic misadventures. The series also marks Headey’s return to TV acting after two years since Game of Thrones had wrapped up its eight-season run in 2019.
The White House Plumbers will center on E. Howard Hunt (Harrelson) and G. Gordon Liddy (Theroux), who planned the Watergate burglary that brought down Nixon’s presidency and will explore the former president’s political saboteurs and how the duo toppled the presidency they were trying to protect. It is considered one of the biggest political scandals in American history.
The 5-episode series is created and executive produced by Veep alums Alex Gregory and Peter Huyck, with David Mandel set to direct. Executive producers are Harrelson, Theroux, Mandel, Ruben Fleischer, Gregg Fienberg, The District’s David Bernad, and Frank Rich, along with wiip’s Paul Lee, Nne Ebong and Mark Roybal and Crash&Salvage’s Len Amato.
Interestingly, Matt Ross, Sam Esmail, and Robbie Pickering are also currently developing a limited series based on the Watergate scandal, which is set up at Starz. Sean Pean, Julia Roberts, and Dan Steven are attached to lead the Starz project.