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Paltrow 'set for Watergate movie'
Gwyneth Paltrow
Paltrow will reportedly play White House wife Maureen Dean
Oscar-winning actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Meryl Streep are to star in a movie about the Watergate scandal, according to reports.

Annette Bening will join them in the adaptation of John Jeter's play Dirty Tricks, said trade newspaper Variety.

Streep will play Martha Mitchell, the wife of then-US attorney John Mitchell, who was known for making revelatory phone calls to journalists.

Nip/Tuck creator Ryan Murphy will write the script and direct the movie.

Jeter's play was a one-woman production, focusing on the late Martha Mitchell, who had the nickname "the mouth that roared" because of her whistleblowing.

Political fall-out

Among the journalists she briefed was Bob Woodward, who broke the news of the scandal in 1973 that brought down President Richard Nixon.

She also spoke to White House correspondent Helen Thomas, who will be played by Bening in the film.

The Nixon administration tried several means to prevent Ms Mitchell talking to the media.

Paltrow will portray Maureen Dean, the wife of White House counsel John Dean, who was dragged into the scandal of the break-in at the headquarters of the opposition Democratic Party.

Mr Dean's wife firmly stood by him throughout the political fall-out.

The film is being produced by Brad Pitt's production company Plan B.

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