Take a look at the teaser trailer released for upcoming mini-series The Loudest Voice, which stars Russell Crowe as the late Roger Ailes, the disgraced former Chairman and CEO of Fox News and Fox Television Stations.
The seven-part event series is based on the bestselling book, The Loudest Voice in the Room, by Gabriel Sherman and will tell of how Ailes helped craft Fox News into a media powerhouse and will also look at his hand in making the Republican Party what it is today. The show will also include the sexual harassment allegations and subsequent settlements that forced him to resign in 2016, the year that he also became an adviser to the Donald Trump campaign. Ailes passed away in 2017 at the age of 77.
There’s a lot of talent on this Showtime and Blumhouse Television co-production. The cast also includes Naomi Watts as former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, who filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Ailes and claimed that she been fired for rebuffing Ailes’ advances; Sienna Miller as Ailes’ wife Elizabeth; Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane as former Fox News PR chief Brian Lewis; Simon McBurney (The Theory of Everything) as News Corp leader Rupert Murdoch; Annabelle Wallis (Peaky Blinders) as former Fox News booker Laurie Luhn; and Aleksa Palladino (Boardwalk Empire) as Ailes’ longtime assistant Judy Laterza.
Spotlight Oscar winner Tom McCarthy wrote the first episode, Emmy nominee Kari Skogland (The Handmaid’s Tale) directed multiple, and Oscar nominee Stephen Frears (The Queen) also directed.
The Loudest Voice will premiere in the US on Showtime on June 30. Australian streaming service Stan will begin airing the series on July 1, with new episodes going up weekly.
Official synopsis for The Loudest Voice:
In today’s politically charged media landscape, no figure looms larger, even after his passing, than Roger Ailes, who molded Fox News into a force that irrevocably changed the conversation about the highest levels of government. To understand the events that led to the rise of the modern Republican party, one must understand Ailes. The upcoming limited series takes on that challenge, focusing primarily on the past decade in which Ailes arguably became the Republican Party’s de facto leader, while also touching on defining events in Ailes’ life, including his experiences with world leaders that gave birth to Ailes’ political career and the sexual harassment accusations and settlements that brought his Fox News reign to an end. The series aims to shed light on the psychology that drives the political process from the top down.