Robert Redford as Dan Rather in Truth
Robert Redford is on board the upcoming movie, “Truth,” which delves on a real-life scandal in the newsroom, which happened in 2004. The actor will play the role of CBS News anchor and journalist Dan Rather. He will star opposite Cate Blanchett. Read further to find out the details about the movie.
As reported in Deadline, the movie will zero in on Dan Rather’s “60 Minutes” report about President George W. Bush’s enlistment as a national guard right after graduating in college so that he won’t have to be drafted for the Vietnam War.
The report was aired by CBS in September 2004, but it was supported by unauthenticated documents that made the facts of the story questionable. Rather and CBS stood by their show but later made retractions after finding out that their sources were not entirely upfront and accurate. Some say that this soiled the well-respected newsman’s reputation. Rather retired from his job six months after this incident, and in 2007, he sued CBS and its parent company for making him a scapegoat, according to Variety. The suit has been dismissed in 2009.
In a reaction to the casting news, Rather expressed optimism for the actor who will play him, telling The Hollywood Reporter that he has faith in Redford, who would help make the audience understand the truth behind the story.
The show’s producer, Mary Mapes, was fired from her job at “60 Minutes,” despite being a Peabody awardee and veteran newsperson for 25 years. But in 2005, she released the tell-all book “Truth and Duty: The Press, The President and the Privilege of Power.” This is where the movie “Truth” will be based. To this day, Mapes still believes that the documents for their report are real, and that they have only become victims of a smear campaign. At that time the report on “60 Minutes” came out, Bush was running for re-election.
Cate Blanchett will play Mary Mapes in the movie.
The film will mark the first directorial job of James Vanderbilt, who is credited for being the screenwriter of “The Amazing Spider-Man.” Mythology Entertainment will produce it. Filming of “Truth” is set to start in the fall 2014.
And there you have it for the latest news on “Truth,” which will star Robert Redford as Dan Rather and Cate Blanchett as Mary Mapes. For more updates about this, as well as other stories, follow Movie News Guide (MNG).
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