Showtime has announced that Sienna Miller, Seth MacFarlane, Simon McBurney and Annabelle Wallis have joined the cast of the limited series about Fox News founder Roger Ailes, based on Gabriel Sherman’s bestselling book, The Loudest Voice in the Room. The Roger Ailes series stars Russell Crowe as Roger Ailes and Naomi Watts as Gretchen Carlson.
Miller will play former NBC news producer Elizabeth ‘Beth” Ailes, who married Roger in 1998, shortly after the founding of Fox News. MacFarlane will play Brian Lewis, Fox News’ public relations chief for over 17 years and Ailes’ closest confidante and supporter. McBurney will play legendary media magnate, Rupert Murdoch, and Wallis will play Laurie Luhn, a volunteer who rose to head of booking at Fox News. The series is set to start production next month! Who’s excited for this upcoming limited series?
The first episode of the eight-episode series is co-written by Sherman, with Oscar winner Tom McCarthy (Spotlight, Win Win), who will executive produce with Emmy winner Jason Blum.
In today’s politically charged media landscape, no figure looms larger, even after his passing, than Roger Ailes, molding Fox News into a force that irrevocably changed the conversation about the highest levels of government. To understand the events that led to the rise of Donald Trump, one must understand Ailes. The upcoming limited series takes on that challenge, focusing primarily on the past decade in which Ailes arguably became the Republican Party’s de facto leader, while flashing back to defining events in Ailes’ life, including an initial meeting with Richard Nixon on the set of The Mike Douglas Show that gave birth to Ailes’ political career and the sexual harassment accusations and settlements that brought his Fox News reign to an end. Told through multiple points of view, the limited series aims to shed light on the psychology that drives the political process from the top down.
The project is executive produced by McCarthy, Blum and Alex Metcalf, along with Marci Wiseman and Jeremy Gold for Blumhouse Television, which originally optioned the rights to Sherman’s book and brought the project to Showtime and is managing physical production. The limited series is a co-production from Showtime and Blumhouse Television (Sharp Objects, The Normal Heart).