Gary Hart Movie ‘The Front Runner’ Votes For Election Day Release In Industry First

The Front Runner
Columbia Pictures

EXCLUSIVE: Take about stellar timing. Sony’s Jason Reitman-directed Gary Hart movie The Front Runner is now opening on Tuesday, Nov. 6, becoming the first movie ever to open on Election Day.

The move from the pic’s original release date of Wednesday Nov. 7  is in an effort to capitalize on the energy, momentum and passion surrounding Election Day in the current political climate. Following The Front Runner‘s Election day bow, the movie will expand on Nov. 16 and again on Nov. 21 in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Front Runner recently made its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival where it received rave reviews and awards season buzz. The pic will receive a special presentation play at TIFF on Saturday, Sept.  8.

Oscar nominee Hugh Jackman stars as Senator Gary 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 sidelined by the story of an extramarital relationship with Donna Rice (Sara Paxton).

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions acquired worldwide rights to the film. Vera Farmiga stars as Lee Hart, J.K. Simmons as Bill Dixon and Alfred Molina as Ben Bradlee. The pic was financed and executive produced by Creative Wealth Media, led by Jason Cloth. Creative Wealth provides financing for BRON Studios, one of the producers of The Front Runner.

The Front Runner is written by former political journalist Matt Bai & Jay Carson & Jason Reitman, based on the book “All the Truth is Out” by Bai, and produced by Reitman and Helen Estabrook of Right of Way Films and Aaron L. Gilbert of BRON Studios.

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