The film covers the downfall of Fox News boss Roger Ailes, who Russell Crowe happens to have played in recent mini-series The Loudest Voice with Naomi Watts and Sienna Miller. The film finds Theron almost unrecognisbale playing Megyn Kelly, Nicole Kidman as Gretchen Carlson, and Margot Robbie as a fictional associate producer named Kayla Pospisil. Playing Ailes is John Lithgow.
In case you’re unsure as to what happened at Fox, Ailes was accused by various women of harrasment and helping craft a toxic male culture at the network. Carlson sued Fox for her experiences and ended up being awarded $20 million in damages. Kelly covered some of what she endured in a best-selling memoir. Ailes resigned from Fox News in 2016, walking away with a $40 million payout, and he became an adviser to the Donald Trump campaign. He passed away in 2017 at the age of 77.
The film is directed by Jay Roach, whose credits include the Austin Powers movies and Meet the Parents – he isn’t going the comedy route here though. The screenplay comes from Charles Randolph, who earned an Oscar writing The Big Short with Adam McKay and who previously penned The Life of David Gale, The Interpreter and Love & Other Drugs.
Bombshell, also starring Kate McKinnon, Connie Britton, Mark Duplass, Rob Delaney, Allison Janney, and Malcolm McDowell as Rupert Murdoch, hits the US on December 20.
Official synopsis for Bombshell:
Starring Academy Award® winner Charlize Theron, Academy Award® winner Nicole Kidman, Academy Award® nominee John Lithgow and Academy Award® nominee Margot Robbie, based on the real scandal, BOMBSHELL is a revealing look inside the most powerful and controversial media empire of all time; Fox News, and the explosive story of the women who brought down the infamous man who created it. Directed by Emmy® Award winner Jay Roach and written by Academy Award® winner Charles Randolph.