The Loudest Voice trailer released, premiere date announced: Russell Crowe plays Roger Ailes in Showtime Series


Showtime released the first trailer and announced a June premiere for the upcoming limited series The Loudest Voice, starring Russell Crowe as Fox News founder Roger Ailes.

The first episode of The Loudest Voice will hit the cable channel on Sunday, June 30 at 10 pm. The seven-part series mostly centers on the last decade of Ailes’ tenure at Fox News, Deadline reports. in which he molded the channel into a major force in Republican politics.

The series will also cover key moments in Ailes’ early life, including his first meeting with Richard Nixon, which kick-started his career in politics. The series will tell its story from multiple perspectives while focusing on how individual psychology drives the political process and how Fox News changed the conversation about the American government. It will also cover the sexual harassment allegations and settlements that finally brought Ailes down.

In addition to two-time Oscar winner Crowe, the series boasts a starry cast that includes Naomi Watts as Gretchen Carlson, the former Fox News anchor who openly accused Ailes of sexual harassment, Sienna Miller as Ailes’ wife, and Seth MacFarlane as former Fox News head of PR Brian Lewis.

The trailer doesn’t reveal much about the plot of the series, but it does reveal Crowe fully transformed into Ailes.

Take a look at the clip below:

The Loudest Voice is based on Gabriel Sherman’s book The Loudest Voice in the Room as well as his reporting for New York magazine about the sexual harassment accusations against Ailes. Sherman and Tom McCarthy (Spotlight) wrote the series’ first episode. In addition, several episodes are being directed by The Handmaid’s Tale‘s Kari Skogland.

The Loudest Voice will deal with two subjects that are very much part of the cultural conversation right now: the influence of cable news on voters and politicians and powerful men’s sexual harassment of women. Each is a delicate topic that not everyone agrees on.

Regardless of one’s point of view, though, there’s no denying that Ailes’ life was defined by both of them. Using his life as a framework to examine the way cable news and the rise of the #MeToo movement have changed public discourse could result in a series that urgently speaks to our current moment.

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The show’s stellar cast indicates that the series has the potential to become one of the most buzzed about shows of the year.

Are you looking forward to watching The Loudest Voice when it hits Showtime in June? Tell us what you think in the comments.