Three blonde Oscar-nominated bombshells – Charlize Theron, Margot Robbie, and Nicole Kidman – recreate the Fox News sexual scandal in the upcoming Jay Roach‘s movie, Bombshell. The trio portrayed the women who brought down the infamous founder of the media empire, Roger Ailes with accusations of sexual harassment.
The film will hit US theaters in December 2019. While we await its release, let’s get down to facts to know about the film.
The Real Story Behind Bombshell
Bombshell is an exposé providing a look into the Fox News sexual assault scandal. From the film’s synopsis, Bombshell gives a revealing look into the most powerful and controversial media empire of all time. It also covers the explosive story of the female employees whose allegations against media mogul, Roger Ailes, took him down.
Deeds of his past were unceremoniously brought to light in 2016 when Fox News anchor, Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit against him. The lawsuit came two years after Gabriel Sherman released a written biography of Ailes titled The Loudest Voice in the Room. Therein, he alleged that the media mogul offered a TV producer a raise in exchange for sex in the 1980s.
Carlson filed a lawsuit on allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct, after she came across the book. She claimed that Roger did the same to her; he sabotaged her career by firing her wrongly when she refused his sexual advances. He did not just sabotage her career, according to Carlson, Ailes also delayed her pay, made her schedule unfavorable, and denied her some hard-hitting interviews before eventually firing her.
It wasn’t long after her lawsuit, another female employee, Megyn Kelly, stepped forward with fresh accusations of sexual abuse as detailed in her book. These women’s stories inspired confidence in six or seven others who also came out with similar accusations. It also formed the basis for the upcoming film.
Bombshell was written by Oscar-winning The Big Short screenwriter Charles Randolph and directed by the Game Change and Austin Powers director, the iconic Jay Roach.
Facts About Jay Roach’s Movie – Bombshell
Bombshell is one of the most anticipated movies of 2019. It will debut in US theaters on the 13th of December 2019 and its worldwide release will follow a week after, on December 20, 2019.
Lionsgate is responsible for the film’s distribution both locally and globally while Bron Studios, Denver + Delilah Productions, Lighthouse Management & Media, and Everyman Pictures are in charge of its production.
Who Are The Cast Members?
Bombshell features a stellar cast of A-listers; taking the lead roles are the blonde supergroup, Academy Award winners – Charlize Theron as Megyn Kelly and Nicole Kidman as Gretchen Carlson and Academy Award nominee Margot Robbie as Kayla Pospisil, a fictional character. Oscar nominee, John Lithgow played Roger Ailes.
Theron once again gained Oscar buzz for her role as soon as the trailer was released on October 15, 2019. Thanks to her almost unrecognizable Kelly transformation, along with other cast members who are all dead-ringers for their real-life counterparts, the movie is already courting serious Oscar buzz.
Also in Bombshell s cast are Kate McKinnon as a Fox News employee, Malcolm McDowell as the News Corp. founder, Rupert Murdoch, Allison Janney portrayed Ailes’ legal counsel Susan Estrich, and Alice Eve as Ainsley Earhardt, the co-host of Fox & Friends.
The rest of the ensemble includes Liv Hewson as Lily Balin, Alanna Ubach as Jeanine Pirro, Elisabeth Röhm as Martha MacCallum, Spencer Garrett as Sean Hannity, Nazanin Boniadi as former Fox News correspondent Rudi Bakhtiar and Ashley Greene as Abby Huntsman.
Going by the fever already created by the film’s trailer, it is assumed that Bombshell will do well ratings-wise. However, nothing can be known for certain until the movie’s release, when the analytics can be reviewed.
As such, there are no ratings yet for Bombshell as it has not been released. From the film’s unveiling to its Oscar buzz, particularly for Theron’s role as the controversial TV figure, Megyn Kelly, fans are hopeful that Bombshell will do well ratings-wise.
Meanwhile, fans and moviegoers alike are anticipating the release of the movie as they can’t wait to see how the story will play out on the big screen, especially with the stock of actors that brought it to life.