Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie to star in film about Roger Ailes and Fox News

Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, and Margot Robbie are reportedly set to star in a movie about how Gretchen Carlson, Megyn Kelly, and other women at Fox News exposed the allegedly abusive and exploitative behavior of the network’s late founder, Roger Ailes, forcing him to leave the network in disgrace. The as-yet untitled Annapurna production, which is also being co-produced by Theron and others, is expected to star Theron as Kelly, Kidman as Carlson, and Robbie as an associate producer at the network. Other characters slated to play major roles in the film include Ailes, former anchor Greta van Susteren, media mogul Rupert Murdoch and former Fox host Bill O’Reilly, who also was forced out of the network after his own alleged abuses of women were revealed.

Ailes, who ruled over Fox News for two decades and allegedly exploited female employees by subjecting them to persistent sexual advances, according to lawsuits and investigations by reporter Gabriel Sherman, was ultimately ousted from his position as CEO after Carlson secretly recorded Ailes telling her that she’d be doing “better” at the network if the two of them “had a sexual relationship.” In response, Ailes and his supporters, including former Fox hosts such as Kimberly Guilfoyle, allegedly demanded that women at the network speak out in his defense. But after Megyn Kelly, then one of the network’s most prominent stars, reportedly told investigators that she too had faced harassment by Ailes and encouraged other women at the network to testify about their experiences enduring misconduct at the hands of the media mogul as well, Ailes was unceremoniously forced to retire.

Read the full story at Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.


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