Acting legend John Lithgow has been cast as former Fox News chief Roger Ailes for the upcoming and currently untitled drama feature based on the sexual harassment scandal that ended his career.
The story deals with Ailes’ downfall at the hands of a group of female employees who bucked the culture of sexism at the network to oust the news baron. Nicole Kidman will play Gretchen Carlson, the anchor who sued Ailes for harassment in July 2016.
Charlize Theron will portray Megyn Kelly, a star at the network whose decision to go public with her own story of abuse was seen as a key turning point. Margot Robbie is said to be playing a fictional Fox News associate producer.
Ailes was fired within weeks of Carlson’s suit and after several more women came forward with similar allegations of sexual misconduct. He died about a year later at the age of 77.
Oscar winner Charles Randolph (“The Big Short”) penned the script which is directed by Jay Roach (“Trumbo”). The project isn’t the only one about Ailes in the works, the other being a Showtime event series with Russell Crowe in the role. That series is said to focus more on the man himself as opposed to the film which is on the whistleblowers.