Kate McKinnon joins Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie in drama about Fox News' Roger Ailes

FP Staff

September 26, 2018 16:54:04 IST

Saturday Night Live star Kate McKinnon, who is known for her impersonation of talk-show host Ellen Degeneres, has reportedly joined the cast of the untitled Annapurna project, based on late Fox News Channel founder Roger Ailes. The film will further explore how two female employees spoke up about sexual harassment at the network, before the #MeToo movement kicked off taking down one of the most powerful Hollywood producers, Harvey Weinstein.

Kate McKinnon. Image via Facebook

Kate McKinnon. Image via Facebook

McKinnon will be seen playing the role of a producer in the project, a character that is not based on any real person. Apart from McKinnon, Deadline stated that Allison Janney, actress famed for her roles in I, Tonya and Mom, will also be a part of the film. Apart from the aforementioned actors, the cast includes Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie and John Lithgow, who will be portraying Megyn Kelly, Gretchen Carlson, Fox News associate producer and Roger Ailes, respectively.

Jay Roach, of Trumbo fame, will be directing the film, to be produced by Theron, Beth Kono, Denver and Delilah's AJ Dix, Roach, Randolph and Lighthouse Management and Media’s Margaret Riley.

Ailes, who co-founded Fox News and helped redraw conservative American politics, was forced to resign in July 2016 in a blaze of sexual harassment allegations and lawsuit from Carlson. However, he denied all the allegations and died less than a year later, in May 2017.

Updated Date: Sep 26, 2018 16:54 PM