Showtime Unveils Russell Crowe's Transformation Into Roger Ailes

Russell Crowe as Roger Ailes in Showtime's Untitled Ailes project- Image 2 - Publicity-H 2019
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How much effort goes into making Russell Crowe look like Fox News founder Roger Ailes? A lot, it turns out.

Crowe plays Ailes in Showtime's limited series, The Loudest Voice, which focuses primarily on the last decade of Ailes' life, including sexual harassment allegations that led to his resignation from the cable news powerhouse he built.

During its time at the Television Critics Association press tour Thursday, Showtime played a video message from Crowe that offered a look at the makeup process of transforming into Ailes. Showtime isn't releasing the video, but the network and Blumhouse, which is producing the eight-episode series, shared an on-set photo of Crowe as Ailes.

Images of Crowe as Ailes first surfaced in November, when the series began filming.

The Loudest Voice is based on Gabriel Sherman's book about Ailes, The Loudest Voice in the Room; Sherman and executive producer Tom McCarthy co-wrote the first episode. Kari Skogland directed the first two episodes and also executive produces.

Naomi Watts also stars as former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, who sued Ailes for sexual harassment in 2016. The cast also includes Seth MacFarlane, Sienna Miller, Simon McBurney and Annabelle Wallis.

Wallis is playing former Fox News booker Laurie Luhn, who is suing Showtime over her portrayal in the series.

Showtime hasn't set a premiere date for The Loudest Voice.