Charlize Theron to portray Megyn Kelly in Roger Ailes film

By Wade Sheridan  |  May 23, 2018 at 7:54 AM
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May 23 (UPI) -- Charlize Theron has been tapped to portray news anchor Megyn Kelly in an untitled film about Roger Ailes, the former chairman and CEO of Fox News.

Ailes made headlines in July 2016 when he left Fox News amid sexual misconduct allegations from Kelly and fellow network star Gretchen Carlson. Kelly told investigators during an independent inquiry that Ailes had sexually harassed her in the past.

The film hails from Annapurna Pictures and director Jay Roach with a script by The Big Short writer Charles Randolph. The film has been in development from before Ailes death in May 2017 at the age of 77, Deadline reported.

Carlson, who won a sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox News and Ailes that resulted in her winning a $20 million settlement, will also be a character in the film, The Hollywood Reporter noted.

Theron is also producing with Roach, Randolph, Margaret Riley, Beth Kono and AJ Dix. No other casting or production start date has been set.

Kelly, after exiting Fox News and her show The Kelly File, moved to NBC where she now hosts Megyn Kelly Today as part of the network's Today morning news program.

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