Kate McKinnon has joined Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman in Jay Roach’s Untitled Charles Randolph Project, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.
McKinnon is set to star as a producer — her role will not be based on a real person. The Annapurna Pictures’ film follows the ensemble of women who decided to take on the toxic male culture of Fox News and bring down network CEO Roger Ailes. Jay Roach will direct.
Margot Robbie, Allison Janney and John Lithgow also star.
The script is being penned by Academy Award-winner, Charles Randolph (“The Big Short”), and Annapurna is producing the film along with Theron, Beth Kono, and AJ Dix of Denver and Delilah. Roach, Randolph and Lighthouse Management and Media’s Margaret Media are also producing.
Ailes resigned from Fox News in 2016 after Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit that resulted in multiple women coming forward with similar claims. At the time, Ailes was considered the mastermind behind the success of Fox News and one of the most powerful men in both media and American politics.
Ailes was named the founding CEO of Fox News in 1996 and the network quickly gained popularity while he called the shots. Fox News is now regularly among the most-watched networks in all of cable and dominates the cable news category.
McKinnon recently starred in “The Spy Who Dumped Me” alongside Mila Kunis and Justin Theroux, as well as “Rough Night” opposite Scarlett Johansson. She will next star in the untitled Danny Boyle/Richard Curtis project, set for release next year.
McKinnon is represented by UTA and Artists First.
Deadline first reported the news.