And people are losing their minds.
And people are losing their minds.
Styling: Ryan Killian Krause
The first full trailer for the upcoming film Bombshell was released today. The film, which details the toxic culture of sexual harassment at Fox News perpetrated by then Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, has a star-studded cast that includes Academy Award winners Nicole Kidman and Charlize Theron and Academy Award nominees Margot Robbie.
In Bombshell, Kidman and Theron step into the shoes of real-life former Fox News anchors Gretchen Carlson and Megyn Kelly, respectively, and Robbie portrays a fictional associate producer named Kayla Pospisil. The film depicts the scandal that erupted when Carlson, one of the most recognizable faces of Fox, steps forward with allegations of sexual harassment against Ailes (played by the incomparable John Lithgow) in July 2016. New York Magazine then published a story days later detailing additional accounts of sexual harassment but other women. Kelly would eventually join Carlson in accusations of “unwanted advances” in her 2016 memoir Settle for More. The film will also cover the misogyny-filled spat between then-Presidential candidate Donald Trump and Kelly (who moderated one of the Republican primary debates), of whom Trump later said, “you could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.” By the end of July 2016, Ailes would be out as CEO of Fox News. Less than a year later, he died.
According to the film’s writer, Charles Randolph, the fictional character of Pospisil is a composite of the accounts of other women from Fox whom he interviewed while researching and writing the film. Some of the people who spoke to Randolph did so in breach of their nondisclosure agreements that they had signed.
In the trailer, we get our first in-depth look at how the scandal played out behind and the scenes and – not to mention – the top-tier acting chops of everyone involved. The film also boasts an insane supporting cast that includes Kate McKinnon, Allison Janey, Mark Duplass, Connie Britton, Holland Taylor, D’Arcy Carden, Richard Kind, Malcolm McDowell, and Alanna Ubach.
The film screened over the weekend for the press and, so far, the reviews are glowing.
Good lord #Bombshell is fantastic — juicy, heartbreaking, funny and infuriating. It’s Charlize’s show, but Kidman, Robbie and Kate McKinnon all perfect.
— Matt Donnelly (@MattDonnelly) October 14, 2019
BOMBSHELL: Riveting, engrossing, essential & empowering procedural about the fall of Fox News topper Roger Ailes starts strong & gets more potent as it progresses. *Superb* performances from #CharlizeTheron #NicoleKidman & #MargotRobbie! #Bombshell is a terrific movie. pic.twitter.com/dcLVzPStAO
— Scott Mantz (@MovieMantz) October 14, 2019
Charlize Theron is remarkable as Megyn Kelly. She disappears into the part, owns the movie. The cast of characters are hilariously Fox. Like Game Change and Recount ish. #bombshell
— Sasha Stone (@AwardsDaily) October 14, 2019
Allison Janney playing Susan Estrich (and nailing the accent) is quite something, and it’s only about the fifth or sixth most amusing thing in Bombshell, which is way better than expected. Stars, writer and director unveiling it tonight: pic.twitter.com/sbiFtaQe37
— Matthew Belloni (@THRMattBelloni) October 14, 2019
BOMBSHELL! ???? Margot Robbie crashes into the Best Supporting Actress race with a devastating performance, descending from wide-eyed optimism to broken victim masterfully. Theron transforms, but Margot steals the show. Everyone will be talking about this film, that’s for sure. pic.twitter.com/Pwgh5o5DZB
— Matt Samet (@MattSametEsq) October 13, 2019
People on Twitter (specifically, the gays) are losing their minds over the trailer:
BOMBSHELL looks insane. I audibly gay gasped when Charlize Theron first appeared in the trailer as Megyn Kelly. Take my money and ALL the Oscars now! pic.twitter.com/rOmrOS0IkQ
— Sam Stryker (@sbstryker) October 15, 2019
I have so much work to do but I also have to watch the Bombshell trailer at least 16 more times today
— JUDY stan account (@ReidReceipts) October 16, 2019
However, the film, its heroines, and intentions are not free from critique:
bombshell looks so good until you realize it’s entirely directed and written by men and it only exists because studios are trying to capitalize off metoo pic.twitter.com/a1Mkl4n0kB
— maddy (@vennicebitch) October 15, 2019
I wouldn't pay a penny to see this and I hope no one else does either. None of these women EVER deserved to be sexually harassed but that does not excuse the fact they're all hate-peddlers who had zero compunction selling fox's racist, divisive, bigoted propaganda for years.
— this guy (@le_blah) October 14, 2019
Bombshell hits theaters on December 20, 2019. What the trailer (and try not to shriek) below.