Nicole Kidman has signed on to star in a film about the sexual harassment scandal at Fox News that brought down former boss Roger Ailes.
Variety reports Kidman has accepted the role of Gretchen Carlson, a former Fox News host who filed charges against Ailes after she was fired from the network – fired because, said Carlson, she refused Ailes’ sexual advances.
Ailes resigned from Fox weeks later, after six more women went public with accusations of sexual harassment at his hands.
Carlson’s actions helped unmask an entrenched culture of sexism, sexual harassment and intimidation at Fox News.
Margot Robbie is said to be in talks to star in the film too, playing a TV producer. Charlize Theron has been confirmed to be portraying Megyn Kelly, another former Fox anchor who came forward about sexual harassment by Ailes.
Ailes died of a brain hemorrhage in May 2017, at the age of 77.
“I hope the true story is depicted. The most important thing is that so many more women are now believed and have been given a voice,” Carlson tweeted on Wednesday.
As the first person to take the risk – it also means I can’t share all of the details of what really happened, so I hope the true story is depicted. The most important thing is that so many more women are now believed and have been given a voice. #BeFierce #StopSexualHarassment https://t.co/S2ZyjruC66
— Gretchen Carlson (@GretchenCarlson) August 1, 2018
The film’s official name has not been released, but it’s currently under the working title Fair And Balanced – the Fox News slogan (ironic, given their blatant bias in favour of US President Donald Trump and America’s Republican party).
It’s a movie for the #MeToo era, and we’re so here for it.