Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron, and Margot Robbie are making an explosive entrance in the new trailer for Jay Roach’s upcoming drama Bombshell.
The fact-based film chronicles Fox News’ women — including Kidman’s Gretchen Carlson, Theron’s Megyn Kelly, and Robbie’s composite character, Kayla Pospisil — and their numerous sexual harassment allegations against the channel’s late CEO, Roger Ailes.
The clip begins as Carlson attempts to blow the whistle on the patriarchal culture at the media organization, laying out various claims of misogyny while those around her doubt the validity of her accusations. Later, we see some infamously famous footage of Donald Trump accusing Kelly of “anger-menstruating,” during pre election debates, while Pospisil attempts to segue her position as a producer into an on-air personality at the news network.
“I could pluck you out and move you to the front of the line, but I need to know that you’re loyal,” John Lithgow’s Ailes tells her. “I need you to find a way to prove it.”
During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Theron, Kidman and Robbie discusses how they went about researching the project.
“We used a lot of source material in finding this story and also spoke to a lot of women who were a part of this story. Some of them are still working at Fox, some of them didn’t really want their names out there. As a team, we decided to protect our sources,” Theron told DeGeneres, adding that Kelly hasn’t yet reached out to her regarding the project, though she’s “fully aware of the film.”
“I’m really hoping that she’ll see it,” Theron added. “We want everybody to see it who’s involved in this story.”
Bombshell is expected to be a major player in the upcoming awards race, as all three of the film’s lead actresses received near unanimous praise from movie critics and industry attendees at the film’s first public screening in Los Angeles over the weekend.
Bombshell hits theaters on December 20.