Allison Janney Joins Annapurna's Roger Ailes Movie
She will play lawyer Susan Estrich.
Allison Janney has joined Annapurna's Fox News movie, playing lawyer Susan Estrich.
Estrich represented Roger Ailes after a numerous women who worked at Fox News accused him of workplace sexual harassment.
Annapurna is financing and producing the project, which was written by The Big Short scribe Charles Randolph and will be directed by Jay Roach. Theron will produce the feature along with Beth Kono and AJ Dix via their Denver & Delilah banner. Roach, Randolph and Margaret Riley are also producing.
Ailes ran Fox News and helped launch the careers of Kelly, Carlson and Sean Hannity with his powerful channel. He also was a prominent figure in Republican circles who helped elect presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Ailes was forced to resign in 2016 when a host of accusations of sexual misconduct surfaced, with Carlson's and Kelly's the most high-profile and which contributed to his exit from the network. He died in 2017.
The still-untitled project is described as an ensemble pic, with other likely characters to include former anchor Greta Van Susteren, media mogul Rupert Murdoch and fired host Bill O'Reilly.
Janney, who earned an Oscar for her role in I, Tonya, is set for indie Bad Education, starring opposite Hugh Jackman. She is repped by Gersh, Thruline and Nelson Davis.