Who doesn’t love politics and a good old scandal? Screenwriter James Vanderbilt (Zodiac, The Amazing Spiderman 1 and 2) is making his new film all about those topics, taking us back to the controversial CBS 60 Minutes report on George W. Bush in his directorial debut Truth.
With a heavy hitting story, Vanderbilt had to acquire some big talent, and he certainly did that with Robert Redford playing famed news anchor Dan Rather, Cate Blanchett as producer Mary Mapes (whose memoir the movie is based on), and Elisabeth Moss, Topher Grace, Dennis Quaid, Stacy Keach, and Bruce Greenwood filling out the supporting roles. Here’s the synopsis:
Newsroom drama detailing the 2004 CBS 60 Minutes report investigating then-President George W. Bush’s military service, and the subsequent firestorm of criticism that cost anchor Dan Rather and producer Mary Mapes their careers.
Redford is back trying to uncover a scandal (as he did in All the President’s Men) and looks to give a good performance as Rather. But the real scene stealer in the trailer is Blanchett, who appears to be giving a powerhouse performance as Mary Mapes. While the film itself might be overshadowed by bigger movies based on true stories (Steve Jobs, Bridge of Spies) this Oscar season, there might at least be some acting nominations heading its way.
Truth hits US theaters October 16. Check out the trailer below: