Bryan Cranston reprises his Tony-winning role in the film, a behind-the-scenes look at Johnson’s tumultuous first year in office after the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Staking his presidency on what would be an historic, unprecedented Civil Rights Act, Johnson finds himself caught between the moral imperative of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the expectations of the southern Democratic Party leaders who brought Johnson to power.
Jay Roach directs from a screenplay by Robert Schenkkan, who adapted his Tony-winning play of the same name. The cast also stars Anthony Mackie, Melissa Leo, Bradley Whitford and Stephen Root, and includes Marque Richardson, Aisha Hinds, Todd Weeks, Mo McRae, Spencer Garrett and Frank Langella.
Amblin Television, Tale Told Productions and Moonshot Entertainment produced for HBO, with Steven Spielberg, Robert Schenkkan, Jay Roach, Bryan Cranston, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey executive producing.