Back in 2016, a massive scandal roiled Fox News, as sexual harassment allegations piled up against the late Roger Ailes, who was at the time CEO and chairman. One of the women who came forward with accusations was among the network’s most recognizable names: Gretchen Carlson. Now a new film, aptly tiled Bombshell, is dramatizing the story and bringing it to the big screen.
According to a synopsis, the film is a look “inside the most powerful and controversial media empire of all time, Fox News, and the explosive story of the women who brought down the infamous man who created it.” The teaser itself is minimal but communicates that some major drama is brewing.
Here’s everything we know about the film so far:
The cast is excellent. Charlize Theron plays Megyn Kelly; Nicole Kidman plays Gretchen Carlson; and Margot Robbie plays a fictional associate producer named Kayla Pospisil. John Lithgow portrays Roger Ailes, while Connie Britton plays his wife, Beth. Meanwhile, Allison Janney plays Ailes’s lawyer, while Kate McKinnon fills out the cast as a Fox News employee.
The film was directed by Jay Roach. Roach helmed the HBO movie Game Change, about Sarah Palin, so political fare isn’t new territory for him.
It’s coming just in time for the holidays. The film will have stiff competition when it drops on December 20. The polarizing Cats adaptation comes out on the same day, and the Greta Gerwig–directed version of Little Women makes its grand debut only a few days later. Still, Bombshell seems as though it’ll be the right fit for anyone who wants to see intense, slow-brewing drama portrayed by some of the best actors out there.