The state of politics as we know it is more manipulative and malleable than we’ve ever known it. Billionaire’s and celebrities are running for office and closer to home, power is more fleeting than ever.
Before social media and the internet had grown to capture the majority of the population, it was television that served information – whether it was true or false. And the man who recognised its power was Fox News founder Roger Ailes. Moulding the network from 1996, the CEO and nine years later, the Chairman of Fox Television Networks was known for his ruthlessness and allure which had the businessman influence the U.S. political sphere for almost two decades. In 2016, Ailes resigned after sexual allegations were brought against him before he died 12 months later, aged 77.
Following Divide and Conquer, a documentary that chronicled his life, Russell Crowe stars as the main man in an upcoming limited series – an almost uncanny transformation. Dubbed The Loudest Voice, the series is based on extensive reporting by Gabriel Sherman in his bestselling book, The Loudest Voice in the Room which includes interviews with more than 600 people and Sherman’s reporting for New York Magazine.
According to the synopsis: “In today’s politically charged media landscape, no figure looms larger, even after his passing, than Roger Ailes, who molded Fox News into a force that irrevocably changed the conversation about the highest levels of government. To understand the events that led to the rise of the modern Republican Party, one must understand Ailes. The upcoming limited series takes on that challenge, focusing primarily on the past decade in which Ailes arguably became the Republican Party’s de facto leader, while also touching on defining events in Ailes’ life, including his experiences with world leaders that gave birth to Ailes’ political career and the sexual harassment accusations and settlements that brought his Fox News reign to an end. The series aims to shed light on the psychology that drives the political process from the top down.”
From the producers behind award-winning films such as Blackkklansman, Get Out and Whiplash, the series will also star Naomi Watts, Sienna Miller, Seth MacFarlane, Annabelle Wallis, Aleksa Palladino, Josh Charles and Josh Stamberg. Dropping episodes weekly, The Loudest Voice will premiere on Stan July 1.
Watch the gripping trailer below.