Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford’s “Truth” will spread in limited release on October 16, Sony Pictures Classics said Friday.
Based on the nonfiction book “Truth and Duty” by Mary Mapes, the drama tells of the real-life relationship between newsman Dan Rather (Redford) and his producer Mapes (Blanchett) over several major news stories the pair broke — and one erroneous report that would blemish their reputations and that of the CBS News.
“Truth” will roll out nationally after an starting run in New York and Los Angeles. Topher Grace, Elisabeth Moss and Dennis Quaid co-star led by director James Vanderbuilt.
The driving story is of Mapes and Rather reporting that a sitting U.S. president may have been AWOL from the United States National Guard for over a year during the Vietnam War. Once the story was proved false, the ensuing scandal ruined Rather’s career, influenced a U.S. presidential election and almost destroyed the credibility of CBS News in the process.
James Vanderbilt serves as writer and director. Producers are Bradley Fischer (“Shutter Island,” “Black Swan”) and William Sherak from Mythology Entertainment, Doug Mankoff and Andy Spaulding from Echo Lake Entertainment and Brett Ratner of RatPac Entertainment.
Academy Award-winner Blanchett will be a looming presence on the fall calendar, as her Cannes darling “Carol” from director Todd Haynes will release shortly after “Truth.”