Ah yes, the movie about Fox News founder Roger Ailes and the women he had “altercations” with. You know, the sexual harassment allegations made by several women that led to his resignation in 2016 from the network, a year before his death in 2017.
Now, whether Bombshell is in good taste is a matter entirely up for debate, but we’re here to take a look at what the trailer has. And it’s mainly a teaser. The film’s three lady leads are all in an elevator going down… to floor two. What’s on floor two? We spend most of the trailer guessing, but considering the tension in that elevator is so thick you could cut it with a knife, it’s nothing fun. Oh wait, it’s human resources. Robbie and Kidman get off and awkwardly stare at each other when they both realize they’re headed to the same place, and Theron narrows her eyes speculatively before the doors close and she stays in the elevator. That’s it, that’s essentially the teaser. It’s short, to the point, and does a good job of capturing the nervousness victims of sexual harassment deal with when finally deciding to report it.
Margot Robbie stars as Kayla Pospisil, Nicole Kidman as Gretchen Carlson, and Charlize Theron in a borderline uncanny portrayal of Megyn Kelly. Seriously, Theron must have spent an inordinate amount of time practicing in front of the mirror, because her take on Kelly’s facial expressions is so spot on it’s unnerving. The rest of the cast includes John Lithgow as Roger Ailes, Allison Janney as Susan Estrich, Alice Eve as Ainsley Earhardt, Kate McKinnon in an as yet unknown role, Spencer Garret as Sean Hannity, Malcolm McDowell as Rupert Murdoch, Connie Briton as Beth Ailes, and Nazanin Boniada as Rudi Bakhtiar.
Bombshell is scheduled to premiere on December 20, 2019.