Bombshell trailer shows Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman reenacting Fox News scandal

Film coming in December

Clémence Michallon
New York
Wednesday 16 October 2019 09:26 BST
Bombshell - trailer

A new trailer for Bombshell has been released, giving a glimpse into Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman’s high-profile performances as two former Fox News hosts.

The film documents the sexual harassment allegations made against Roger Ailes, the network’s former chairman and CEO, in 2016.

Theron is unrecognisable as Megyn Kelly, a former Fox News star who later moved on to NBC (before being fired in October 2018), while Kidman portrays Gretchen Carlson, who filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Ailes.

Ailes died in May 2017 and the lawsuit has been settled.

Bombshell begins with Carlson’s allegations and depicts their repercussions on the network as well as its employees, who must choose which side to stand on.

Margot Robbie stars as Kayla Pospisil, a fictional character who is a junior Fox News employee, while John Lithgow portrays Ailes.

SNL star Kate McKinnon, Allison Janney and Connie Britton also feature.

A first screening of Bombshell has prompted a wave of positive comments, as well as predictions that the film will be a major contender in this year’s awards race.

Theron’s performance, especially, has generated some Oscar buzz.

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Bombshell will be released on 20 December in the US and on 24 January, 2020 in the UK.

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