US-South African actress Charlize Theron will apply her talent to portraying television news presenter Megyn Kelly in a movie about Fox News Channel founder Roger Ailes.
After playing the ass-kicking heroine of “Atomic Blonde,” the enigmatic antagonist of “The Fate of the Furious,” and the embattled mother of “Tully,” Charlize Theron is joining a biographical project produced and financed by Annapurna Pictures of “Killing Them Softly,” “Zero Dark Thirty,” and “American Hustle.”
The actress is to play Megyn Kelly, the corporate lawyer who switched to broadcast journalism and then became involved with Fox News as a contributor, panelist, and then show host.
In July 2016, after more than 10 years at the network, she was said to have been among those telling internal investigators about their experiences of sexual harassment from Fox News founder Roger Ailes, leading to his departure shortly after.
Ailes had also been instrumental in launching the mainstream media careers of Gretchen Carlson, who filed a $20m suit against Ailes earlier that same month, and Sean Hannity.
Jay Roach, whose varied resumé runs from the “Austin Powers” trilogy and the “Meet the Parents” movies through to biographical drama “Trumbo” and Sarah Palin and John McCain election run biopic “Game Change,” is to direct the Ailes project.
He’ll be working from a script provided by Charles Randolph, an Academy Award winner with Wall Street crash account “The Big Short,” who also wrote investigative quandary “Exposed,” and WWII drama “The Missionary.”