New Film Documents Fox New’s “Bombshell”

Anthony Gharib, Staff Writer

The scandal regarding popular news broadcast station Fox News will be documented in the film “Bombshell,” to be released Dec. 13. The film revolves around Fox News journalists finding the courage to speak up against then-CEO Roger Ailes and his sexually predatory behavior.

“Bombshell” depicts the long and disturbing relationship between female and male counterparts in the workplace, many of whom have the blonde-haired ‘Barbie’ look most commonly associated with a Fox News anchor. For many years, the network had a consistent pattern of women to anchor their shows, which often gravitated toward extreme right-wing views and analysis.

“Bombshell” includes a star-studded cast with Academy Award winners Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron, and nominee Margot Robbie. The film is also directed by Jay Roach, well-known for directing the “Meet The Parents” film series. 

The trailer released for the upcoming movie includes a chilling scene where Roger Ailes, played by John Lithgow, emphasizes to anchor Kayla Pospisil, played by Margot Robbie, that she must prove that she can be trusted. In other words, implying a sexual favor  must be committed in order to move up in the ranks of the company. It also contained a moment in an elevator where Pospisil (Robbie) chooses the floor of Ailes’ office, as Charlize Theron, who plays former host Megyn Kelly, notices, causing suspicion within her, only to see Nicole Kidman transformed into anchor Gretchen Carlson, walk in and grimace when seeing someone already chose Ailes’ office. That concludes the nail-biting teaser trailer.

CEO Roger Ailes played an immense role in hiring anchors for Fox News. In one instance, he was mentioned to have offered a raise to a former unnamed anchor if she would sleep with him. The allegations from author Gabriel Sherman and most notably anchor Gretchen Carlson resulted in more than 10 women coming forward to accuse Ailes of sexual assault. This occurred in the midst of the Me Too movement, which empowered women to step up against the threat of sexual harassment in the workplace.

The movie promises to be a thrilling piece, with real-life scenarios, including the moment Sherman’s allegations became public and President Trump’s comments regarding Megyn Kelly became primetime television. “Bombshell” will be released to the general public next week and critics predict an immense box office hit.