Nicole Kidman to play Gretchen Carlson in Roger Ailes movie (EXCLUSIVE)

Nicole Kidman is in talks to play former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson in “Fair and Balanced,” Annapurna’s upcoming movie about disgraced Fox News Chief Roger Ailes.

Kidman will join Charlize Theron, who will portray former Fox News host Megyn Kelly. Jay Roach is directing with “The Big Short” scribe Charles Randolph penning the script.

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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Nicole Kidman seen on the streets of Manhattan on February 13, 2018 in New York, NY. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Actor Nicole Kidman attends the Calvin Klein Collection during New York Fashion Week at New York Stock Exchange on February 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Actors Margot Robbie, Nicole Kidman, and Laura Dern attend the Calvin Klein Collection front row during New York Fashion Week at New York Stock Exchange on February 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 21: Actress Nicole Kidman attends the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 21: Actress Nicole Kidman and singer Keith Urban attend the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 18: Nicole Kidman attends the Casting Society Of America's 33rd Annual Artios Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 18, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 11: Nicole Kidman poses at the The 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 11, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 11: Reese Witherspoon;Nicole Kidman poses at the The 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 11, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: Laura Dern, Nicole Kidman, Zoe Kravitz, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley attend the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards - Press Room at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Actress Nicole Kidman poses with the trophy for Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television during the 75th Golden Globe Awards on January 7, 2018, in Beverly Hills, California. / AFP PHOTO / Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman attend The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 06: Actress Nicole Kidman is seen on January 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by GP/Star Max/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 05: Actress Nicole Kidman attends the 7th AACTA International Awards at Avalon Hollywood on January 5, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 07: Nicole Kidman (L) and Timothee Chalamet at The New York Times Magazine Celebrates 'The Great Performers Issue' 2017 on December 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for The New York Times )
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 30: Nicole Kidman attends an evening honoring Louis Vuitton and Nicolas Ghesquiere at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on November 30, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman attend the 2017 IFP Gotham Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on November 27, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Nicole Kidman speaks onstage during IFP's 27th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards on November 27, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for IFP)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Actress Nicole Kidman and singer Keith Urban arrive at the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
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Ailes ran Fox News and helped launch the careers of Kelly, Carlson, and Sean Hannity with his powerful channel. He also was also a prominent figure in Republican circles who helped elect presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George Bush. He was forced to resign in 2016 due to sexual harassment allegations, with Carlson and Kelly’s the most high-profile, and which contributed to his exit from the network.

Theron will also produce, along with Beth Kono and AJ Dix via their Denver & Delilah banner. Roach, Randolph, and Margaret Riley are also producing.

Kidman recently scored an Emmy for HBO’s acclaimed show “Big Little Lies,” which is currently shooting its second season. Her upcoming slate also includes Warner Bros.’ “Aquaman,” “Destroyer,” and “Boy Erased” with Lucas Hedges. She is also set to star in Warner Bros.’ adaptation of “The Goldfinch.” She is repped by CAA and Media Talent Group.

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