Miller Mobley/ The Hollywood Reporter
In The Hollywood Reporter‘s first shots of the summer Showtime series The Loudest Voice in the Room, Russell Crowe looks appropriately ominous as the Fox News chief executive Roger Ailes.
The series, premiering June 30, is based on Vanity Fair reporter Gabe Sherman’s 2014 book of the same name about Ailes’s rise to become one of the most powerful media executives, and his subsequent fall after Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson came forward with abuse allegations—and other women followed with their own accounts.
“[Gabe’s] got a perspective. He’s put that perspective down on paper. I’ve already taken it in. I don’t need more of [Roger’s] peccadilloes, I’ve got fucking 600 pages of it,” Crowe tells The Hollywood Reporter. “And, in a certain way, I’ve got to start being on Roger’s side a little bit — and even that’s a journey to totally expose him and bring him down.”
Crowe transformed into Ailes with slabs of silicon applied to his face each day. “By the time we reach the end, I’ll have spent over 12 days of my life in this [makeup] chair,” Crowe told THR, which was on the set of the series. “Twelve. Fucking. Days.”
Naomi Watts stars as Gretchen Carlson and Sienna Miller will play Ailes’s wife of 19 years, Elizabeth. Sherman is a credited producer and writer on the series, which will be seven episodes. The show will air months before the movie about the same topic; Jay Roache’s Roger Ailes film will premiere December 20, according to THR, and will star John Lithgow as the honcho. But for Sherman, the series marks the end of his time with the story of Ailes, who died in 2017.
“In addition to the world getting to see our show, we’re really ready for this chapter in our lives to be over,” Sherman tells THR. “This is the end of the Roger Ailes Story.”