John Lithgow Will Play Roger Ailes In Jay Roach’s FOX News Movie

This movie's gonna be wild.

Last time we heard anything on Jay Roach's forthcoming (and as-yet-untitled) FOX News movie, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie and Charlize Theron were all in talks to star in the film. That alone had us interested in Roach's latest, but now he's gone and scored yet another casting coup.

According to Variety, John Lithgow has joined the movie in the role of former FOX News chief and noted dirtbag Roger Ailes, which is just about perfect. Whoever's in charge of casting on this project deserves a substantial raise. 

Here's how Variety's describing Roach's film:

"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 play Gretchen Carlson, the Fox News anchor who sued Ailes for harassment in July 2016, and Charlize Theron will portray Megyn Kelly, a star at the network whose decision to go public with her own story of abuse was seen as a key turning point. Robbie’s character is said to be a fictional Fox News associate producer."

This sounds like it could be something really special, a suspicion bolstered by Roach's previous work in this particular genre (see also: Game Change; no, seriously, see Game Change immediately). We're hyped to see where they take this thing, and look forward to seeing it almost as much as we look forward to knowing what to call it.

Stay tuned for more on The Still Untitled Jay Roach FOX News movie as further updates become available.

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