Nicole Kidman to join Margot Robbie and Charlie Theron in 'Fair and Balance,' drama on roger Ailes' scandal
Nicole Kidman is slated to play Gretchen Carlson, whose sexual allegation against then Fox News chairman Roger Ailes paved the way for the #MeToo movement
Nicole Kidman is in talks to play Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson in Annapurna's upcoming drama film on Roger Ailes, 'Fair and Balanced.' If the actress comes onboard, she will be joining Margot Robbie and Charlize Theron in the Jay Roach-helmed movie; Theron will play former Fox host Megyn Kelly while Robbie is slated to portray an associate producer at the news network. The film is set to chiefly revolve around the sexual allegations against the then Fox News chairman Ailes, who had apparently helped launch the careers of some of TV's most popular faces like Megyn Kelly and Sean Hannity along with Carlson.
It was Carlson's sexual allegation against the then Fox News chairman Ailes that paved the way for the #MeToo movement.
Studio Annapurna, which is already working on a Dick Cheney biopic with director Adam McKay, will finance and produce the project written by 'The Big Short' scribe Charles Randolph. Theron is set to produce the movie along with Beth Kono and AJ Dix, while Roach, Randolph and Margaret Riley are also some of the producers of the film.
This is the second prominent production based around Ailes, and comes in the wake of Showtime announcing that Russel Crowe would be playing Ailes in their upcoming limited series.
As the founder and former Chairman and CEO of Fox News for almost 20 years, Ailes was a well-known figure among Republican circles and had helped elect some Republicans heavyweights as presidents like Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George Bush. Ailes was compelled to resign from his position on July 2016 after he was accused of sexually harassing his female colleagues. Carlson was the whistleblower in the protest against Ailes' misconduct.
Reportedly, the film will involve some of the prominent figures in the network's orbit including former 21st Century Fox CEO Rupert Murdoch, former anchor Greta Van Susteren and host Bill O'Riley. 'Fair and Balance' is probably the second on-screen story which will revolve around the Fox News scandal. However, the storyline was already picked up by Showtime for an eight-episode series based mostly on Gabriel Sherman's Ailes biography and Fox News expose 'The Loudest Voice in the Room'. Crowe is to play the role of the disgraced chairman of the network. The film is pretty much going to be star-studded since it already has award-winning women taking up the lead roles.
Margot Robbie recently got off an Oscar nomination for her role as Tonya Harding in Craig Gillespie's 2017 film 'I, Tonya', and will probably be seen once again as a contender for her role as Mary Queen of Scots. Kidman recently received an Emmy and a Golden Globe award for HBO's acclaimed series 'Big Little Lies' which also stars Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley. The actress will have a busy year ahead as her schedule includes projects like Warner Bros's 'Aquaman', 'Destroyer', and 'Boy Erased'. She will also star in Warner Bros.' adaptation of 'The Goldfinch'.