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Over three decades ago, Robert Redford gave one of his best performances as a journalist and now he’s returning to the profession to play another one. Redford has signed on to play former CBS News anchor Dan Rather in Truth, which will also star Cate Blanchett as his producer, Mary Mapes.
The plot will center on the story that brought down the careers of both - the infamous 60 Minutes II report in which Rather said that President George W. Bush received preferential treatment so he wouldn't have to serve in Vietnam. Maples was fired and Rather left CBS. While he can still find work occasionally, he is no longer the well-respected journalist that he was.
According to Deadline, which first reported on the film, the source material will be Maples’ memoir, Truth And Duty: The Press, The President, And The Privilege Of Power.
James Vanderbilt (The Amazing Spider-Man, White House Down) is writing and will also make his directorial debut with Truth. The producers will be Brad Fischer, William Sherak, Vanderbilt and Mikkel Bondesen, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
They hope to begin shooting this fall, but still don’t have a major studio attached.
Redford was last seen in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and All Is Lost. Blanchett was just seen in The Monuments Men and won an Oscar in March for Blue Jasmine.
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