Charlize Theron is set to play former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly in Bombshell, which will focus on the sexual harassment allegations surrounding the network’s former chairman, Roger Ailes.
From calling out Donald Trump on his sexism or sharing her own #MeToo story from the time when she worked at Fox News, Megyn Kelly has gained international recognition as a news anchor for her no-nonsense approach.
So who better to play her in a movie than critically acclaimed actress Charlize Theron? That’s right: Theron is set to play Kelly in a film about the sexual harassment allegations made against Fox News’ late chairman, Roger Ailes. And she will be joined by none other than Margot Robbie as Kayla Pospisi (a fictional associate producer invented for the film), and John Lithgow as Ailes himself.
Bombshell – scripted by The Big Short screenwriter – focuses on the women at the network who came forward with their #MeToo stories as multiple lawsuits were filed against the former CEO.
And the trailer looks absolutely amazing. Check it out:
Bombshell’s supporting cast includes Allison Janney as Ailes’ attorney Susan Estrich, Malcolm McDowell as Rupert Murdoch, and Connie Britton as Ailes’ wife Beth.
Nicole Kidman, Jay Duplass, Kate McKinnon, and Alice Eve are all involved, too, making this movie – quite possible – the most star-studded film since Love Actually hit our screens in 2003.
Some added context, for those who aren’t up to date with the allegations against Ailes: Kelly, one of the network’s biggest stars and a former lawyer, left the broadcaster for NBC News in January 2017. In her memoir, Settle For More, published in 2016, Kelly accused Ailes of sexually harassing her during her tenure at the network.
Gretchen Carlson, another former Fox News anchor also claimed she was sexually harassed by Ailes in a lawsuit. Ailes denies Carlson’s allegations, but an out-of-court lawsuit was settled for a reported $20 million (£15 million).
Ailes died one year ago at age 77, about nine months after his resignation from the broadcaster.
The film has been in the works since before Ailes’ death, according to Deadline.
Bombshell is slated for release in cinemas on 20 December via Lionsgate.