Today in ‘Who Asked For This’ news, did you know we’re getting a movie about Fox News? Specifically, Annapurna Pictures are producing a film about the downfall of Roger Ailes and the women who suffered the most under his tyrannical reign of sexual harassment. Jay Roach, who knows a thing or two about political dramas, is directing and Charles Randolph, a co-writer on The Big Short, is the screenwriter. The first piece of casting has been discussed at Deadline: Furiosa herself, Charlize Theron, may end up playing Megyn Kelly.
This’ll apparently be an ensemble piece. Ailes hasn’t been cast yet, and I’m assuming the biggest role in the story will be that of Gretchen Carlson, since she was the woman who got the ball rolling. Look, it makes sense that Megyn Kelly would be a character in this story. She clearly faced some shit during her time at Fox News, something no woman deserves. But this is the snake oil salesman who has tried to whitewash her complicit past at the network whose job is essentially to be the GOP’s propaganda wing. She spent years spewing the most awful shit under the guise of ‘real news’, and just because Donald Trump was a misogynistic dick to her, we were all supposed to pretend she was a feminist hero. Now, she’s at NBC making millions despite consistently low ratings as she tries to remake herself as the White Oprah. I remain astounded by the glowing press she manages to command. The devil works hard but Megyn Kelly’s publicity team works harder. And believe me, she doesn’t deserve casting this good, and she most certainly doesn’t deserve a hero’s edit, which this story very well could end up doing.
A reminder that Megyn Kelly is getting around $20m a year from NBC, because apparently the network hates money.
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