Nicole Kidman to Star as Gretchen Carlson in Roger Ailes Movie

Nicole Kidman to Star as Gretchen Carlson in Roger Ailes Movie

According to Variety, Oscar victor Nicole Kidman is in negotiations to play Gretchen Carlson alongside Charlize Theron's Megyn Kelly in the still-untitled film about the Fox News stars who left the conservative network because of reported sexual harassment at the hands of disgraced former Fox News chief Ailes (who died in May 2017).

In one meeting, Carlson said Ailes asked her to "turn around so he could view her posterior, commented repeatedly about her legs, and instructed her to wear certain outfits that he claimed enhanced her figure".

The movie will follow the ensemble of women who took on the toxic male culture of Fox News and helped depose its chief architect.

Hollywood is lining up some A-list stars to play Fox News' former A-list anchors in what is shaping up to be a high-powered, highly charged drama on the downfall of Roger Ailes. Carlson played a key role in this story as she was the first female to file a sexual harassment against Ailes after she was sacked.

During the internal investigation into Ailes' behaviour, Kelly told investigators that Ailes had made "unwanted sexual advances toward her".

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Robbie, fresh off an Oscar nomination for her tole as Tonya Harding in I, Tonya, will reportedly play an associate producer at the network.

The film is being produced by Annapurna Pictures, the company headed by Zero Dark Thirty, American Hustle and Phantom Thread producer Megan Ellison.

The film will focus primarily on the rise and fall of Ailes' career at Fox News.

Jay Roach, who directed HBO's Emmy-winning political dramas Game Change and Recount, is onboard to take the helm of what is his most high-profile theatrically released feature in years.

Russell Crowe (right) is to play Roger Ailes in a Showtime series about the disgraced Fox News executive.

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