An actor who’s a familiar face and a fixture on the awards circuit will be tackling the role of former Fox News boss Roger Ailes. Variety reports that John Lithgow will play Ailes in Annapurna’s feature film about the sexual harassment scandal that ended Ailes’ career.
“The Tony and Emmy winner joins a cast of heavyweights that includes Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie and Charlize Theron,” Variety reports. “The currently untitled film focuses on Ailes’ downfall, zeroing in on a group of female employees who bucked the culture of sexism at the network to oust the news baron from power.”
Kidman will reportedly play Gretchen Carlson, with Theron set to play Megyn Kelly.
“Robbie’s character is said to be a fictional Fox News associate producer,” Variety notes, adding: “Ailes was fired from Fox News within weeks of Carlson’s suit and after several more women came forward with similar allegations of sexual misconduct. He died roughly a year later at the age of 77.”
Lithgow is well known to TV viewers for his long-running role on “3rd Rock From the Sun.” More recently he played Winston Churchill on “The Crown.”