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Annapurna Pictures’ Fox News movie has found its Rupert Murdoch.
Malcolm McDowell is set to play the News Corp. chairman and media mogul who hired Roger Ailes — the late, disgraced Fox News chairman (to be played by John Lithgow) — in the upcoming feature that centers on the women who took on the famed toxic male culture at the news network, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
McDowell joins Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie, who will play Megyn Kelly, Gretchen Carlson and an associate producer, respectively.
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.
The still-untitled project is described as an ensemble pic, with other likely characters to include former anchor Greta Van Susteren and fired host Bill O’Reilly.
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