Source: LA Times
Russell Crowe is making his way to American television at last — and playing a U.S. media giant in the process.
The Oscar winner will star in Showtime’s currently untitled limited-series adaptation of “The Loudest Voice in the Room,” about late Fox News founder Roger Ailes, the cable/satellite outlet announced Monday.
Based on the reporting of Gabriel Sherman, the series has an eight-episode order and will be executive produced by Oscar winner Tom McCarthy and Emmy winner Jason Blum.
“In many ways, the collision between the media and politics has come to define the world we live in today,” David Nevins, president and CEO of Showtime Networks said in a statement. “We’ve seen this phenomenon depicted on screen as far back as the story of Charles Foster Kane, and it finds contemporary embodiment in the rise and fall of Roger Ailes. With Russell Crowe in the lead role, this limited series promises to be a defining story for this era.”
The series, which boasts a first episode co-written by Sherman and McCarthy, is to be told through multiple points of view and focusing primarily on the past decade, with flashbacks to previous events in Ailes life, including his meeting with Richard Nixon on “The Mike Douglas Show” as well as the allegations of sexual harassment that ultimately served as his Fox News downfall.