Oscar winner Allison Janney has joined the Roger Ailes and Fox News film at Annapurna. The project hails from “The Big Short’ scribe Charles Randolph and director Jay Roach.
Ailes ran Fox News and helped launch the careers of Kelly, Carlson and Sean Hannity with his powerful channel. He also was a prominent figure in Republican circles but was forced to resign in 2016 when a host of accusations of sexual misconduct surfaced. He died a year later.
Janney will play lawyer Susan Estrich who represented Ailes (John Lithgow) after numerous women who worked at Fox News accused him of workplace sexual harassment. Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie also star in the film as Megyn Kelly, Gretchen Carlson and an associate producer respectively.
Theron, Roach, Randolph, Beth Kono, AJ Dix and Margaret Riley are producing.