Directed by: Jay Roach
Written by: Charles Randolph
Produced by: Aaron L. Gilbert, Jay Roach, Robert Graf, Michelle Graham, Charles Randolph, Margaret Riley, Charlize Theron, Beth Kono, A.J. Dix
Release date: December 20, 2019
Genre: Biography, Drama
Running time: 1h 48min
Based on the real scandal, Bombshell tells the explosive story of the women who brought down the man who helped create the most powerful and controversial media empire of all time, Fox News. But at heart of the film is also an exhilarating portrait of how courage is forged in the moment, as three very different women resolve to fight back against unchecked power and abuse.
Cast & Characters
Margot Robbie (Kayla Pospisil), Charlize Theron (Megyn Kelly), Nicole Kidman (Gretchen Carlson), Alice Eve (Ainsley Earhardt), Kate McKinnon (Jess Carr), Alanna Ubach (Jeanine Pirro), Allison Janney (Susan Estrich), Ashley Greene (Abby Huntsman), Elisabeth Röhm (Martha MacCallum), Madeline Zima (Edie), Nazanin Boniadi (Rudi Bakhtiar), John Lithgow (Roger Ailes), Connie Britton (Beth Ailes), Stephen Root (Neil Mullen), Mark Duplass (Douglas Brunt)
Some Fox staffers also take on a personal significance. When Kayla moves from Gretchen Carlson’s show to the higher rated “The O’Reilly Factor,” she meets fictional character Jess Carr, sparking an unexpected if nebulous relationship, one that Robbie notes her character doesn’t know how to reconcile with the rest of her life…so she doesn’t. “Kayla in many ways disassociates from her sexuality,” Robbie observes.
Taking the role is “Saturday Night Live” star Kate McKinnon, seen recently in Ghostbusters and The Spy Who Dumped Me. Here, McKinnon takes on a more shaded, dramatic role as the least likely of all Fox employees: both a closet liberal and gay. “According to firsthand accounts, you wouldn’t want to be either of those at Fox News,” McKinnon laughs.
Yet paradoxically, Jess thrives at Fox. “She has this job she’s great at, but she just has to watch herself and stay under the radar with those two facts about herself,” McKinnon explains. “When Kayla arrives, Jess sort of takes her under her wing and gives her the lay of the land at Fox in general as she sees it. They develop a friendship that is really based on humor, which is so refreshing.”