EXCLUSIVE: Ahna O’Reilly has boarded Jay Roach’s untitled Roger Ailes feature and will portray Fox correspondent Julie Roginsky.
Roginsky alleged in a lawsuit that she was denied a position co-hosting the mid-afternoon Fox News Channel show The Five after refusing to have a sexual relationship with network news boss Ailes. She was a political consultant who was a regular at FNC starting in 2005. The co-hosting spot that Roginsky was passed over went to Geraldo Rivera, although the correspondent remained on rotation on another show, Outnumbered. FNC settled with Roginsky in December of last year.
The Bron Studios financed movie written by Oscar-winner Charles Randolph, which is currently in production, follows the women who rallied against Ailes. The pic stars Nicole Kidman as Gretchen Carlson, Margot Robbie as Kayla Pospisil, Charlize Theron as Megyn Kelly and John Lithgow as Ailes. Lionsgate is currently negotiating to co-finance and distribute the movie stateside. Lionsgate is also selling overseas rights on the film.
O’Reilly played the role of Southern socialite Elizabeth Leefolt in The Help, and was recently seen in such movies as Marshall, Marc Forster’s All I See Is You and the TV series Kingdom. She is repped by WME, Untitled Entertainment, and Derek Kroeger at Myman Greenspan Fox Rosenberg Mobasser Younger & Light.
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