Charlize Theron to play Megyn Kelly in movie about Roger Ailes' Fox News
Charlize Theron is looking to anchor a new movie about the women of Fox News under the tenure of controversial chief Roger Ailes.
EW has confirmed that the Atomic Blonde and Mad Max: Fury Road star is on board to portray Megyn Kelly in the yet-untitled film, and also produce.
Annapurna Pictures is developing the project, with Jay Roach (Game Change) to direct and Charles Randolph (The Big Short) penning the script. The movie is envisioned as an ensemble piece.
As Fox News’ chairman and CEO, Ailes built the network into a conservative media powerhouse and helped launch the careers of TV personalities including Kelly, Sean Hannity, and Gretchen Carlson, but he was forced out in 2016 amid a sexual harassment scandal. He died last year, at age 77.
Kelly, a former corporate lawyer, worked at Fox News for more than a decade, hosting such shows as America’s Newsroom, America Live, and The Kelly File before jumping ship to NBC last year.
In her 2016 memoir, Settle for More, Kelly wrote that Ailes “made sexual comments to me, offers of professional advancement in exchange for sexual favors, and, eventually, physical attempts to be with me — every single one of which I rejected.” Ailes denied the allegations.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported Theron’s casting.