AceShowbiz - Russell Crowe transforms into former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes in the first teaser trailer for Showtime's "The Loudest Voice". The New Zealand actor undergoes major makeover to play the disgraced media mogul, whose story of rise and fall is chronicled on the miniseries.
Crowe's Ailes is depicted as an ambitious businessman who is hell-bent on getting whatever he wants. "We're gonna give him a vision of the world the way they want it to be," he says in the video. "We're way past politics. It's war."
The sneak peek also makes references to Ailes' alleged history of sexual harassment as he's seen inappropriately touching Naomi Watts' Gretchen Carlson. The former Fox News anchor was the first woman who accused Ailes of sexual misconduct. He is also seen getting physical with two other women as he's examining their faces.
According to the official logline, "in today's politically charged media landscape, no figure looms larger, even after his passing, than Roger Ailes, molding Fox News into a force that irrevocably changed the conversation about the highest levels of government."
Sienna Miller stars as Ailes' wife Elizabeth, Seth MacFarlane portrays former Fox News PR chief Brian Lewis, and Simon McBurney is tapped to portray News Corp chief Rupert Murdoch. Also joining the cast are Annabelle Wallis, Aleksa Palladino, Barry Watson and Josh Charles.
"The Loudest Voice" is based on Gabriel Sherman's book about Fox News and Ailes, "The Loudest Voice in the Room". Sherman co-wrote the first episode with Oscar-winning "Spotlight" screenwriter Tom McCarthy, in addition to serving as executive producer.
The drama miniseries is set to premiere Sunday, June 30 at 10/9c on Showtime.
Ailes resigned as the Chairman and CEO of Fox News and Fox Television Stations in July 2016 following numerous allegations of sexual harassment against him. He died on May 18, 2017 after suffering a subdural hematoma, which was aggravated by his hemophilia.