Nicole Kidman’s latest film ‘Bombshell’ is based on the real-life sexual harassment scandal that rocked Fox News.
Kidman plays former Fox and Friends host Gretchen Carlson.
Carlson sued Fox News for $20 million after the network’s Chairman and founder, Roger Ailes, subjected her to appalling sexual harassment.
Kidman leads an all-star cast, including another Aussie superstar, Margot Robbie.
Charliez Theron, Kate McKinnon and John Lithgow also star in the film.
The ‘Bombshell’ scandal
After Fox dumped Carlson in 2016, she went public, filing a multi-million dollar sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox News.
She alleged years of sexual harassment by Roger Ailes and other work colleagues.
As a result of her claim, more than two dozen women came forward making similar complaints about Ailes.
Former Fox News star Megyn Kelly, played by Theron in Bombshell, also made a formal complaint about the CEO.
Rupert Murdoch forced Ailes to resign as a result of the scandal.
Carlson’s story gets told despite NDA
The real Gretchen Carlson eventually received $20 million compensation.
However, as a result of a non-disclosure agreement, she cannot speak publicly about the harassment.
But through Kidman’s role, she get a voice in Bombshell.
“It’s weighty subject matter, it’s important subject matter that we hope is still extremely entertaining.
“It may be disturbing and cause you to recoil or think but at the same time it does entertain you.
“That was the goal.”
Bombshell opened in the United States in December to generally positive reviews, with Linda Jager from KPCW describing it as:
“A powerful cinematic statement on the #MeToo movement, and a film definitely worth watching.”
It opens in Australia on January 16.
Russell Crowe starred in a mini-series about the Fox News sexual harassment scandal called The Loudest Voice.
Crowe plays Ailes and Naomi Watts plays Gretchen Carlson.
Both Bombshell and The Loudest Voice are up for awards at Monday’s Golden Globes.
Russell Crowe is nominated for best actor in a limited series or movie made for tv, and Robbie and Theron are both up for best actress awards.
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