Showtime has locked down Crowe to star in an upcoming limited series. He’ll play fallen former Fox News President Roger Ailes, Variety reports. The network has ordered eight episodes that will tell a story based on the 2014 Ailes biography by Gabriel Sherman “The Loudest Voice in the Room.”
Still untitled, the project will look at both Ailes’s journey to power and subsequent downfall. He resigned from Fox in July 2016 in the wake of multiple sexual harassment allegations. (Ailes denied the allegations.) Less than a year later, in May 2017, he died at age 77 after falling and hitting his head.
“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, per Variety. “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.”
It will be interesting to see Crowe in a TV role for a change; his film credits far outnumber his television roles. Most recently, he was seen in “The Mummy,” “War Machine,” and “The Nice Guys,” and he’ll appear in the upcoming “Boy Erased.”
Showtime has not yet announced a release date for its Roger Ailes project.