When news first broke in 2016 about harassment accusations leveled against Fox News CEO Roger Ailes by one of his network's star personalities, Gretchen Carlson, it seemed only a matter of time before the story would be getting the big-screen treatment. By the end of 2019, audiences will see the whole sordid tale unspool with the release of Jay Roach's Bombshell, the movie based on Carlson's lawsuit and the series of allegations that subsequently emerged against Ailes.
In real life, Ailes's status unraveled quickly, with the long-time Fox chairman resigning in July 2019 and Carlson reaching a settlement in September of the same year. But the story didn't just go away, as other women came forward with similar claims - including star anchor Megyn Kelly.
As far as the Hollywood version of a story like this goes, casting is everything - and the Bombshell cast is a who's-who of award winners and respected actors, including Charlize Theron and Margot Robbie. Below is a comparison of the Bombshell cast vs. real life counterparts. Did Hollywood get this cast right? And will the Bombshell movie go down as one of the best true stories ever committed to film?
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- Age: 45
- Birthplace: South Africa, Benoni, Gauteng
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- Age: 34
- Birthplace: USA, California, Newport Beach, Corona del Mar, Newport Beach
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- Age: 74
- Birthplace: USA, New York, Rochester
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- Age: 33
- Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida, United States of America