'Bombshell': Release date, plot, cast, trailers and everything else about the Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie and Charlize Theron movie on Roger Ailes
Kidman will portray the role of Gretchen Carlson, the first woman to file a sexual harassment lawsuit against former President of Fox News, Roger Ailes. Theron will play the role of Megyn Kelly, a former corporate defense attorney and journalist who also accused Ailes of sexual harassment
'Bombshell', the movie directed by Jay Roach, slated to release later this year is based on the Fox News Scandal which saw various female staff members accuse Roger Ailes of sexual harassment. The film's pre-production began in 2017 and was initially expected to be bankrolled by Annapurna Studios, however, they passed on the project in October 2018 citing the growing budget of the project. The film was later picked by Lionsgate Films.
'Bombshell' will be releasing in the U.S. in December 2019.
The film is based on the 2016 Fox News scandal in which the president of Fox News, Roger Ailes, was accused of sexually harassing female staff members of the company. The film will have characters based on individuals who were a part of the scandal including former corporate defense attorney and journalist Megyn Kelly, Gretchen Carlson, the former 'Fox and Friends' co-host who was the first one file suit against Ailes, and the accused himself. Margot Robbie will play the fictitious role of a Fox News associate producer in the film.
Nicole Kidman as Gretchen Carlson
Actor Nicole Kidman was last seen in HBO's 'Big Little Lies' season 2 in which she portrayed the role of Celeste Wright, a victim of domestic abuse. The Academy Award-winning actor will portray the role of Gretchen Carlson who was the first woman to file a sexual harassment lawsuit against the former President of Fox News, Roger Ailes.
Charlize Theron as Megyn Kelly
Charlize Theron will play the role of Megyn Kelly, a former corporate defense attorney and journalist who also accused Ailes of sexual harassment. Kelly worked under Ailes at Fox News and in an interview with Business Insider said when she reported Ailes' behavior to a supervisor, she was told to "steer clear of him."
Margot Robbie as Kayla Pospisil
Margot Robbie, who last portrayed the role of late actor Sharon Tate in Quentin Tarantino's movie 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' will play a fictitious role in 'Bombshell'. She will portray Kayla Pospisil, a Fox News associate producer.
John Lithgow as Roger Ailes
Actor John Lithgow will play the role of former President of Fox News, Roger Ailes, in 'Bombshell' and speaking of the film he told Deadline, "There’s so much talk about the very good signs that there’s so many great women’s stories being told. This might be one of the best because it really is about six or seven extremely different women who have extremely different experiences and response of the crisis at Fox."
The film is directed by Jay Roach who is an award-winning director well-known for his film 'Trumbo' and television series 'All the Way' and 'Game Change'. The film is written by Charles Randolph, who won an Academy Award for co-writing 'The Big Short' with Adam McKay. He also wrote 'Love and Other Drugs' and 'The Life of David Gale'.
The first teaser of the film released August 21 featured Margot Robbie, Nicole Kidman and Charlize Theron in a tense scene. This one scene encapsulates the movie smartly and portrays the three women in an elevator having to deal with the tense work culture at the publication.
We see Robbie and Kidman's character get off the elevator on the second floor - where Fox News is located. Robbie's character is a nervous wreck and is the first one to get on the elevator, followed by Theron's character who is more composed and then we have Kidman's character who almost seems perky.
The trailer for 'Bombshell' dropped October 15 and it builds further on the tension we saw in the teaser of the film. Charlize Theron as Megyn Kelly, Nicole Kidman as Gretchen Carlson and Margot Robbie as Kayla Pospisil are here to show the world how things worked in Fox News under the leadership of Roger Ailes, who in real life stepped down from his post after multiple women accused him of sexual harassment and abuse.
The film sees Robbie play one of the few fictional characters, that of an aspiring anchor who is asked by Ailes to prove her loyalty. Then we have Theron as Kelly addressing one of the many Donald Trump's deeds only to get accused of angry menstruation as she faces the possibility of becoming a story herself.
Finally, we see Kidman as Carlson, the first woman to name Ailes in a sexual harassment allegation. The film is all about taking Ailes down and how three women's lives changed after they came forward with their own experiences.
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