'Manhattan' Star John Benjamin Hickey Joins Dan Rather Scandal Movie (Exclusive)

John Benjamin Hickey - H 2014
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John Benjamin Hickey - H 2014

Robert Redford is starring as Dan Rather in the adaptation of the memoir by Mary Mapes

Tony Award winner and Emmy nominee John Benjamin Hickey has joined the high-profile cast of Truth, the story of Dan Rather’s fall from grace.

Screenwriter James Vanderbilt is making his directorial debut with the film, which stars Robert Redford as Rather and Cate Blanchett as Mary Mapes, Rather’s producer.

Truth is based on Mapes’ memoir Truth and Duty: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power. It tells of the firestorm that erupted in September of 2004 after Rather reported that George W. Bush had received special treatment while serving in the Air National Guard during the Vietnam War, a report that was based on some documents that were suspected to be forgeries. Rather’s reputation was badly damaged and Mapes was fired.

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Dennis Quaid, Elizabeth Moss and Topher Grace alsoare in the cast of the movie, which starts shooting this week in Sydney, Australia.

Hickey will play Mapes’ husband.

Hickey stars in WGN’s acclaimed series Manhattan and also did a stint on The Good Wife and recurred on The Big C, the latter of which earned him an Emmy nomination. He won a Tony in 2011 for his starring turn in The Normal Heart.

Hickey is repped by Paradigm and the Schiff Co.