Showtime has added cast another key figure to its upcoming limited series on former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes. Joe Cortese has joined the project as Roger Stone, TheWrap has exclusively learned.
Cortese’s role is currently slated for one episode. He is currently shooting his scenes for “The Loudest Voice” this week in New York, all of which will be opposite Russell Crowe’s Ailes. Stone is a longtime informal political adviser to President Donald Trump and self-proclaimed “dirty trickster.”
Cortese is coming off his role as Gio Loscudo in Peter Farrelly’s Oscar-winning “Green Book.”
“The Loudest Voice” is based on former New York magazine reporter Gabriel Sherman’s best-selling book, “The Loudest Voice in the Room.” The limited series about the former Fox News chairman will debut this summer.
The miniseries will detail Ailes’ rise to power and how he built Fox News into a cable news behemoth, as well as address the sexual harassment accusations and monetary settlements that brought his Fox News reign to an end. Ailes’ tenure at the network ended in July 2016 following a lawsuit filed by Gretchen Carlson, who accused Ailes of sexual harassment. More women followed Carlson with similar accusations against Ailes. He died in May 2017 at the age of 77.
Naomi Watts will play Gretchen Carlson, while Simon McBurney will play legendary media titan Rupert Murdoch. Seth MacFarlane, a frequent critic of Fox News, will play Brian Lewis, the network’s former public relations chief for 17 years, and Ailes’ closest confidante and supporter. Sienna Miller will play Aisles’ wife, Beth. Josh Charles was also cast on Thursday as Carlson’s husband, Casey Close.
Sherman co-wrote the initial episode of the limited series with Oscar winner Tom McCarthy (“Spotlight”).
Stone was indicted earlier this year on charges stemming from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, including making false statements to Congress, interfering with a congressional investigation and witness tampering. He has denied the charges, and is scheduled to go on trial in November.
Cortese is represented by McCaffrey Talent Management; Amsel, Eisenstadt, Frazier & Hinojosa; and Integrated PR.