It’s pretty hard to be a movie fan and not love Hugh Jackman. He’s been in every genre, from comics books to fantasy to musicals, taking on characters like Wolverine and Van Helsing. Now, his new role in a true-crime drama will prove he’s one of the most versatile actors in Hollywood. HBO released the first teaser for its upcoming film
Jackman stars as Frank Tassone, the District Superintendent of the Roslyn, Long Island school district opposite Allison Janney’s Pam Gluckin, a former business administrator for the district. Tassone’s goal is to make the district’s test scores better to increase Ivy League acceptance and cause a positive ripple effect for the community. He succeeds in making the students successful and ranking among the best scores in America… but it all goes up in scandalous smoke.
The clip doesn’t give away too much information outside of Tassone’s basic goal and a quick glance at a few main characters. However, the peek does include a few glowing media reviews from its TIFF premiere. But it’s not hard to guess where this story will go because Frank Tassone is a real person. According to
Tassone indeed increased test scores and made the district a national standout but, in 2004, he was arrested for first-degree larceny to the tune of $11.2 million. The details of his double life began to spill out to the press, including his lies about being a widower, million-dollar vacations, a swanky Upper East side apartment, and a generally baller lifestyle despite issues with Roslyn High School’s infrastructure. Tassone was able to fund his lifestyle from tax payers, who were more than willing to pay up to ensure a great educational system.
It was also revealed that the district’s former business administrator Pam Gluckin took several million dollars to renovate her home in the Hamptons and purchase Jet Skis.
Long Island Press reported in 2010 that Frank Tassone and five others pleaded guilty in 2006 for stealing school district funds. Tassone was released the same year due to good behavior and is not involved in the making of