We kind of thought the fall film schedule was pretty filled up, especially from Sony Pictures Classics who already have a rich slate coming, but last month the studio reminded us there was yet another Cate Blanchett film on the way. Based on the “Rathergate” scandal of 2010 — venerable CBS news anchor Dan Rather stepping down from his post after an erroneous report ruined his career — “Truth” is an upcoming drama starring Blanchett and Robert Redford that is the directorial debut of James Vanderbilt, the writer behind “Zodiac,” both “Amazing Spider-Man” films and “White House Down” among many others. The movie also co-stars Topher Grace, Elisabeth Moss, and Dennis Quaid. Here’s the official synopsis:
TRUTH is based on the book “Truth and Duty” by Mary Mapes. In the vein of “All The President’s Men” and “The Insider,” it is the incredible true story of Mary Mapes (played by Cate Blanchet), an award-winning CBS News Journalist and Dan Rather’s producer, who broke the Abu-Ghraib prison abuse story, among others. The film chronicles the story Mapes and Rather uncovered that a sitting US president may have been AWOL from the United States National Guard for over a year during the Vietnam War. When the story blew up in their face, the ensuing scandal ruined Dan Rather’s career, nearly changed a US Presidential election, and almost took down all of CBS News in the process.
Sony Pictures Classics will release the film on October 16th in New York and Los Angeles, with a nationwide expansion to follow. Read our review and watch the first trailer below.