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The premium cable network has set a June 30 premiere date and released a teaser for The Loudest Voice, which focuses on the last decade of Ailes’ life as he built Fox News into a cable-news powerhouse and “arguably became the Republican Party’s de facto leader,” as Showtime’s logline puts it, before being ousted in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal.
Russell Crowe plays Ailes, with two-plus hours of prosthetic makeup applied each day on set to help him get into character. “By the time we reach the end, I’ll have spent 12 days of my life in this [makeup] chair,” he told The Hollywood Reporter.
The 30-second teaser focuses on Crowe as Ailes as he delivers lines like, “We’re going to give a vision of the world the way they want it to be” and “We’re way past politics. It’s war.” It also shows a brief shot of him running his hands down Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson’s (Naomi Watts) body; Carlson’s 2016 lawsuit against Ailes and Fox News helped lead to his ouster.
“Roger’s one of those larger-than-life American figures who has so profoundly influenced our country in ways that most people don’t understand,” showrunner Alex Metcalf (Sharp Objects) told THR. “Without Roger Ailes, there may be no tea party. And without Roger Ailes, there is definitely no Donald Trump.”
The Loudest Voice also stars Sienna Miller as Ailes’ wife, Elizabeth; Seth MacFarlane as Brian Lewis, the former head of public relations at Fox News; Simon McBurney as media mogul Rupert Murdoch; Annabelle Wallis as Fox News booker Laurie Luhn; and Aleksa Palladino as Ailes’ longtime assistant, Judy Laterza. Josh Charles recurs as Carlson’s husband, Casey Close, and Josh Stamberg plays former Fox News exec Bill Shine.
The seven-episode series is based on Gabriel Sherman’s book The Loudest Voice in the Room, for which he interviewed more than 600 people. Sherman and Tom McCarthy (Spotlight) wrote the first episode.
McCarthy executive produces along with Metcalf, Crowe, Jason Blum, Blumhouse Television’s Marci Wiseman and Jeremy Gold, 3dot Productions’ Liza Chasin and director Kari Skogland, who helmed multiple episodes.
Watch the teaser above.
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