Veteran actor Malcolm McDowell has been tapped to play media mogul Rupert Murdoch in the untitled movie about the sexual harassment scandal at Fox News that took down chairman Roger Ailes.
He joins a high-profile cast, including John Lithgow as Ailes, Nicole Kidman as Gretchen Carlson, Charlize Theron as Megyn Kelly, Margot Robbie as a Fox News associate producer, and Allison Janney as lawyer Susan Estrich.
The movie will focus on the women who battled the sexist culture at Fox News and wound up causing the downfall of the powerful Ailes, who was also a political broker in Republican circles. Oscar winner Charles Randolph, who co-wrote “The Big Short,” penned the script and Jay Roach is directing.
Ailes was ousted after Gretchen Carlson initially filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against him and several other women came forward with similar allegations. Though Murdoch initially supported the Fox News chief, he eventually fired him.
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