White House Plumbing Trailer: Woody Harrelson and Justin Theroux Star

The Emmy Award-winning creators behind “Veep” return to the White House with another scandalous satire based on the true events surrounding the Pentagon Papers.

Woody Harrelson and Justin Theroux are ready to fix political leaks.

The duo play real-life former CIA and FBI agents hired by the Nixon presidency to investigate the leak of the Pentagon Papers in the HBO limited series “White House Plumbers.” The series is created by Emmy Award-winning “Veep” creators David Mandel, Alex Gregory and Peter Huyck.

According to the official synopsis, “White House Plumbers” takes audiences behind the scenes of the Watergate scandal as Nixon’s political saboteurs, E. Howard Hunt (Harrelson) and G. Gordon Liddy (Theroux), accidentally bring down the presidency they so zealously held . trying to protect… and with it, their families.

The on-the-ground satirical drama begins in 1971, when the White House hires Hunt and Liddy, former CIA and FBI agents, to investigate the leaking of the Pentagon Papers. After failing to make the move, the unlikely pair land on the committee to re-elect the president and plan a series of incredible covert operations, including the Democratic National Committee offices in the Watergate complex. Proving that history can sometimes be stranger than fiction, “The White House Plumbers” sheds light on the lesser-known series of events that led to one of America’s greatest political crimes.

Lena Headey, Judy Greer, Domhnall Gleeson, Kiernan Shipka, F. Murray Abraham, Toby Huss, Ike Barinholtz, Kathleen Turner, Kim Coates, Yul Vazquez, Alexis Valdés, Nelson Ascencio, Tony Plana, Zoe Levin, Liam James, Tre Ryder A also stars David Krumholtz, Rich Sommer and John Carroll Lynch.

The limited series is based in part on Egil “Bud” Krogh and Matthew Krogh’s 2016 book, “Integrity: Good People, Bad Choices, and Life Lessons from the White House,” as well as public records.

“White House Plumbers” is directed and executive produced by David Mandel, and the series is created, written and executive produced by Alex Gregory and Peter Huyck. Frank Rich, David Bernad, Gregg Fienberg, Len Amato, Ruben Fleischer, and stars Harrelson and Theroux also serve as executive producers. The series is an HBO co-production with wiip, executive produced by Paul Lee, Mark Roy and Nne Ebong.

“I think what I like to say is, ‘It’s a drama, but it’s very funny,’” director Mandel told IndieWire. “We’re definitely walking a very fine line. There are no jokes in this show. No jokes. However, there are a lot of funny things because (that’s how) it happened. That’s the easiest way I can express it. If I could choose a dream version, I’d say it’s a bit like Boogie Nights where you can’t help but laugh.

“White House Plumbers” premieres May 1 on HBO.

Watch the trailer below.


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