After powerful Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson (Woody Harrelson) loses the 1960 Democratic presidential nomination to Senator John F. Kennedy (Jeffrey Donovan), he agrees to be his young rival's running mate. But once they win the election, despite his extensive legislative experience and shrewd political instincts, Johnson finds himself sidelined in the role of vice president. That all changes on Nov. 22, 1963, when Kennedy is assassinated and Johnson, with his devoted wife Lady Bird (Jennifer Jason Leigh) by his side, is suddenly thrust into the presidency. As the nation mourns, Johnson must contend with longtime adversary Attorney General Bobby Kennedy (Michael Stahl-David) and one-time mentor Georgia Senator Richard Russell (Richard Jenkins) as he seeks to honor JFK's legacy by championing the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Woody Harrelson, Michael Stahl-David, Richard Jenkins, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jeffrey Donovan, Bill Pullman, C. Thomas Howell, John Ellison Conlee, Michael Mosley, Tim Ransom, Brent Bailey, Brian Stepanek, Darrel Guilbeau, Kim Allen, Rich Sommer, Wallace Langham, Kate Butler, Margo Moorer, Doug McKeon, Gary Grubbs, Doug M. Griffin, Terry Parks, Brett Baker, Thomas Murphy, Kevin Stillwell, Dan Owens, Rob Steinberg, Travis Wester, Bryan Batt, Dean West, Carl Palmer, Judd Lormand, Casey Groves, Mary Rachel Dudley, Anthony Reynolds, Adam Fristoe, Randall Taylor, Gerry May