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N.L.'s Mark O'Brien to star in new political drama with Hugh Jackman

The Newfoundland-born actor will play Billy Shore, who was former U.S. Sen. Gary Hart's aide-de-camp.

Jackman, O'Brien part of the Jason Reitman film

Mark O'Brien will play the role of Billy Shore, who was 1980s U.S. presidential candidate Gary Hart's aide-de-camp. (Amazon Video)

Mark O'Brien's career continues to grow exponentially.

The Newfoundland-born actor, 33, will star alongside Hollywood heavyweight Hugh Jackman in the new political drama, The Frontrunner.  

O'Brien tweeted this week that he's been cast in the movie, written and to be directed by Jason Reitman.   

The film is based around former Colorado senator Gary Hart, who was seen as the frontrunner in the outset of the 1988 race for the Democratic presidential nomination. 

Hart's campaign exploded when reports came to light that he had an alleged affair with Donna Rice, a former Miss South Carolina.

Jackman will play Hart, while O'Brien will portray Billy Shore, who was Hart's aide-de-camp.

Well-known across Canada for his award-winning role of Des Courtney on the television series, Republic of Doyle, O'Brien more recently played Max Miner for nine episodes in the U.S. series The Last Tycoon. 

In 2016, O'Brien starred alongside Amy Adams in the blockbuster sci-fi film Arrival

O'Brien has also been a part of the AMC series Halt and Catch Fire, now in its fourth season.