Time’s Up in the new full-length trailer for “Bombshell” as awards-season buzz mounts for the film.
Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, and Margot Robbie star as a trio of women who take on Roger Ailes and his toxic work environment in the new movie, based on the true Fox News scandal.
Theron and Kidman play real-life reporters Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson, while Robbie stars as the fictional news producer Kayla Pospisil in the movie, directed by Jay Roach (“Trumbo”). Theron transforms into Kelly who chronicled numerous instances of alleged harassment at the hands of Ailes in her 2016 memoir, Settle For More, while Carlson spent a full year recording alleged harassment at the hands of Ailes before suing him in 2016.
John Lithgow steps into the role of Ailes, with several other big names taking on the roles of key players in the drama.
Oscar winner Allison Janney stars as Ailes’ attorney Susan Estrich, Malcolm McDowell as media mogul Rupert Murdoch, Connie Britton as Ailes’ wife Beth, and Alice Eve as “Fox & Friends” co-host Ainsley Earhardt. Kate McKinnon also appears in the film as a news producer with Mark Duplass on board as Kelly’s husband.
In a special preview screening of the film, filmmakers told audiences several real-life Fox News employees broke non-disclosure agreements to speak with him and Charles Randolph, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of “The Big Short” . Robbie’s character is an amalgam of whistleblowers created to protect their true identities.
“We had heard that the Murdochs were responsible for giving Megyn the names of the women who had reported over the decades … we talked to some real people. What really happened was it was the weather lady who was still working at Fox when we started the movie and was undercover, almost like a whistleblower,” Roach explained, via Indiewire.
“Bombshell” lands in theatres on December 20.