Malcolm McDowell to play Rupert Murdoch in Roger Ailes movie
Malcolm McDowell will play Rupert Murdoch in Annapurna Pictures’ movie about Roger Ailes.
The 75-year-old actor will portray the Australian media mogul in the upcoming drama film surrounding the downfall of Ailes, the former Chairman and CEO of Fox News and Fox Television Stations.
It will be directed by Trumbo’s’ Jay Roach and will tell the story from the point of view of the women who took on the toxic male culture of Fox News and ultimately led to Ailes’ downfall and departure.
Ailes left the network in 2016 amid a sexual and workplace harassment scandal, and the movie will tell the story of those who were employed by Fox at the time.
Murdoch, 87, was one of the CEO’s strongest supporters, however, he ultimately made the decision to fire him.
The project already boasts an all-star cast featuring made up of John Lithgow as Ailes and Charlize Theron, who will play political commentator Megyn Kelly – whose decision to go public with her story of abuse is seen as monumental in the story.
Nicole Kidman has been confirmed as former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson – who sued Roger for harassment in July 2016 – and Margot Robbie will portray a fictional Fox News associate producer and Allison Janney has landed a role as the chairman’s defence lawyer Susan Estrich.
Oscar winner Charles Randolph penned the script for the movie, which currently has the working title ‘Fair and Balanced’.