Last Christmas, Adam McKay delivered Vice, the ultimate political biopic featuring respectable actors in ridiculous wigs and makeup. This Christmas, we’re getting a very different kind of political movie, one more female-centric, with Bombshell. But don’t you worry, this is equal opportunity territory because they’ve buried Nicole Kidman and Charlize Theron under wigs and latex.
Much like the acclaimed Showtime miniseries The Loudest Voice, Bombshell will tackle the story of former Fox News kingpin Roger Ailes and his subsequent takedown at the hands of several high profile women a few years back. This time around, John Lithgow is playing the loathsome Ailes, while Kidman and Theron will play, respectively, Gretchen Carlson and Megyn Kelly. Margot Robbie is the other lead, playing the fictional Kayla Pospisil.
The film also has a solid supporting cast featuring Allison Janney, Stephen Root, Kate McKinnon, Alice Eve, and in my favorite bit of casting, Malcolm McDowell as Rupert Murdoch. I’m not sure how no one thought of this before now. As far as the creative team goes, Oscar winning writer Charles Randolph penned the script, and Meet the Parents‘ Jay Roach is directing.
Bombshell, cheeky title and all, is set to hit theaters on December 20, the same day as Episode IX. Good luck Bombshell.