Robert Redford will play Dan Rather in a film about the legendary newsman's controversial report about former President George W. Bush's National Guard service, according to the New York Daily News.
First Bob Woodward, now Dan Rather ... Redford always gets to play the sexy journalists.
HA -- I just made up a new term no one has ever used before: "Sexy journalists."
Titled "Truth," the film will be adapted from the memoir "Truth And Duty: The Press, The President, And The Privilege Of Power" by former CBS producer Mary Mapes, according to production company Mythology Entertainment. Cate Blanchett is slated to play Mapes.
(Please let Will Ferrell play George Bush, please let Will Ferrell play George Bush, please let Will Ferrell play George Bush).
The story chronicles the scandal surrounding Rather's 2004 "60 Minutes II" report -- produced by Mapes -- that alleged Bush received preferential treatment while in the National Guard during the Vietnam War. The story cited as proof documents that weren't authenticated by CBS. Mapes was fired and Rather left the network a few months later.
Rather, who still says the story was accurate, sued CBS and its parent company, Viacom, for $70 million, accusing both of making him a scapegoat. The suit was dismissed.
James Vanderbilt will write and direct the film. While it will be Vanderbilt's first time in the director's chair, he wrote "The Amazing Spider-Man," "Zodiac" and "White House Down."
The Daily News reported the film isn't connected to a studio yet. Shooting is expected to begin in the fall.