Russell Crowe to Play the Biggest Villain of His Career — Roger Ailes — in Showtime Limited Series

IndieWire | 6/25/2018 | Staff
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Russell Crowe once played Javert, the antagonist in the film adaptation of “Les Misérables.” But Javert only tore one guy’s life apart. Now he’s taking on the role of a man who tore an entire nation apart.

Crowe has signed on to play Fox News Channel founder Roger Ailes in Showtime’s upcoming eight-episode limited series based on Gabriel Sherman’s best-selling book “The Loudest Voice in the Room.” The series will also draw on Sherman’s additional reporting about Ailes and Fox News in New York magazine.

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Sherman co-wrote the premiere episode with Tom McCarthy (“Spotlight”), who is the executive produce with Blumhouse’s Jason Blum. Showtime and Blumhouse Television (“Sharp Objects”) are producing. The series doesn’t yet have a title; it had previously been developed with the title “Secure and Hold: The Last Days of Roger Ailes.”

“In many ways, the collision between the media and politics has come to define the world we live in today,” Showtime president/CEO David Nevins said. “We’ve seen this phenomenon depicted on screen as far back as the story of Charles Foster Kane, and it finds contemporary embodiment in the rise and fall of Roger Ailes. With Russell Crowe in the lead role, this limited series promises to be a defining story for this era.”

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Ailes died in 2017, a year after he resigned from Fox News in disgrace. But the impact of the political advisor turned media mogul is being felt more than ever, as his Fox News Channel has been widely derided as “state-run media” during the Trump administration — serving as more of a propaganda cheerleading machine than as a check on the president’s thirst for power.

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