In all the #MeToo aftermath, we’ve yet to see any of the scandals translate to the big screen. #MeToo and #TimesUp were movements for women, by women so it seems only natural that we want to see some of these stories re-told from the female perspective – as it always should have been.
For too long, the names of men have been associated with the rising of objection against sexual assault and harassment, but the preview of a soon-to-be-released film Bombshell, in which Charlize Theron is set to play former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly (of whom she looks the living image of). Oscar whisperings are already afoot.
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The much-anticipated film will focus on the sexual harassment allegations surrounding the network’s former chairman, Roger Ailes and also star Margot Robbie and Nicole Kidman. Robbie will play Kayla Pospisi (a fictional associate producer invented for the film), and John Lithgow as Ailes himself. Kidman portrays Gretchen Carlson, who sued Ailes in 2016 for sexual harassment for millions of dollars.
The scandal explained:
Kelly never publicly spoke out about the sexual misconduct but went into detail in her memoir, Settle For More. According to her, Ailes promised to advance her career in exchange for sexual favours and made physical advances toward her on several occasions. She said once he tried to kiss her, enough was enough.
“There was a pattern to his behaviour. I would be called into Roger’s office, he would shut the door, and over the next hour or two, he would engage in a kind of cat-and-mouse game with me — veering between obviously inappropriate sexually charged comments (e.g. about the ‘very sexy bras’ I must have and how he’d like to see me in them) and legitimate professional advice,” she wrote.
She then came forward to speak up for Carlson.
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Kelly has been the subject of further debate, having been fired from Today on NBC (after she left Fox in 2017) for her controversial statements on blackface and how it was acceptable for children’s Halloween costumes. It’s unclear how much of the film – if any – will deal with this.
The film is due for release late this year and is sure to get people talking.
You can watch the full trailer below: