When the sexual assault allegations against Roger Ailes came out two years ago, it painted a picture of a guy you might have actively avoided like a trash can full of rotten ground beef. But today it’s looking like people can’t get enough of the late Fox News chairman’s story. Charlize Theron is playing Megyn Kelly in a movie about the Roger Ailes sexual assault scandal. Another Roger Ailes project in the works, and this one will star Russell Crowe as the corpulent creep.
The untitled Roger Ailes movie starring Charlize is a feature film that will follow the time period after Gretchen Carlson’s sexual harassment lawsuit. Deadline reports this second Roger Ailes project will be an eight-episode limited series for Showtime. It also doesn’t currently have a name, although its former working title was reportedly Secure and Hold: The Last Days of Roger Ailes.
Showtime’s series has been in production since April 2017, one month before his death, and will be based on the book, The Loudest Voice in the Room. Russell Crowe probably heard that, turned to his agent and whispered, “I don’t remember anyone writing a book about me?”
Russell’s turn as Roger Ailes will be his debut on US television. Showtime released a statement, and they’re confident Oscar-winner Russell Crowe will give it some prestige:
“With Russell Crowe in the lead role, this limited series promises to be a defining story for this era.”
Russell’s Roger will span over several years, with the main part of the show focusing on the past decade, with the odd flashback to his life pre-Fox News. To prepare for the role, Russell will no doubt have to shave his beard and most of his head. It’s just too bad he recently sold his leather jockstrap. It would have been the perfect thing to cover his bits when they get to the alleged locked-office pants-off scenes.