Murphy created the show along with Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan. Much like the popular film Election, The Politician follows a wealthy high school student played by Ben Platt determined to become President of the United States and provides a dark comic look at the entitlement of wealth.
Murphy also confirms the Trump era helped inspire the concept. He describes the show as “wealthy people behaving badly… all of this has been percolating in the culture, particularly under this president and this idea of Ivanka [Trump] and Jared [Kushner as] the sort of satanic poster boy and girl for privilege and nepotism. [However] it’s not a show on current U.S. politics. It’s more about the phenomenon of what it takes to be a politician and how much of yourself you have to sacrifice to be a good one.”
Along with Platt, Oscar-winner Gwyneth Paltrow, Zoey Deutch, Jessica Lange and Bob Balaban will appear as series regulars. Bette Midler and Judith Light will also guest star. In an interview with Queerty, transgender icon Janet Mock also revealed that she will direct several episodes of the series as well.
The Politician debuts on Netflix September 27.