Allison Janney signs on for Roger Ailes movie from Annapurna
The Hollywood Reporter has brought word that Mom star Allison Janney has joined the ensemble cast of the upcoming movie based on Roger Ailes from Annapurna.
The untitled biopic is described mostly as an ensemble piece, with the majority of the focus being on Roger Ailes (John Lithgow, The Crown). Along with Gretchen Carlson (Nicole Kidman, The Beguiled), other characters that will be included in the film are Megyn Kelly (Charlize Theron, Atomic Blonde), former anchor Greta Van Susteren, Rupert Murdoch, and former host Bill O’Reilly.
Janney has signed on to play Susan Estrich, Ailes’ attorney who represented him after multiple workers at Fox News accused him of workplace sexual harassment.
The film will focus primarily on the rise and fall of Ailes’ career at Fox News. His influence in Republican circles helped him assist in the election of a couple of presidents such as Richard Nixon and George Bush. Ailes’ public resignation in 2016 was as a result of numerous sexual misconduct allegations surfacing in the media.
Janney is coming fresh off of winning an Oscar for her role in the Tonya Harding biopic, I, Tonya, with this film reuniting her and star Margot Robbie, who was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe for her role as the disgraced figure skater.
Annapurna is financing and producing the feature. Director Jay Roach (Game Change) is set to direct the film and Charles Randolph has penned the script for the project. Theron will also be producing the feature along with Beth Kong and AJ Dix via Denver & Delilah. Roach, Randolph, and Margaret Riley are also producing.
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