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Lionsgate’s ‘Bombshell’ Reactions Drop, Charlize Theron and Margot Robbie Receive Raves


Jay Roach‘s upcoming feature,“Bombshell” had its first screening in Los Angeles Monday night and the first critical reactions are in. Many awards pundits attended the capacity screening and came out the other end with praises for the performances. The reactions have sparked speculation on the film’s Oscar potential and where it could land in its heavy-hitting stride.

The Fox News scandal film, directed by Roach (“Meet the Parents,” All the Way,” “Trumbo”), stars Charlize Theron (“Long Shot”) as Megyn Kelly, Margot Robbie (“Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood”) as fictional channel producer Kayla Pospisil and Nicole Kidman (“Big Little Lies”) as Gretchen Carlson, the women who take on Fox News head Roger Ailes (John Lithgow) for his continued harassment and leadership in the toxic workplace.

Margot Robbie in BombshellThe synopsis reads:

Starring Academy Award® winner Charlize Theron, Academy Award® winner Nicole Kidman, Academy Award® nominee John Lithgow and Academy Award® nominee Margot Robbie, based on the real scandal, BOMBSHELL is a revealing look inside the most powerful and controversial media empire of all time; Fox News, and the explosive story of the women who brought down the infamous man who created it. Directed by Emmy® Award winner Jay Roach and written by Academy Award® winner Charles Randolph.

“Bombshell” also stars Kate McKinnon, Connie Britton, Mark Duplass, Rob Delaney, Malcolm McDowell, and Allison Janney. Oscar-winning writer Charles Randolph (“The Big Short”) pens the script for Roach.

The film is co-financed by Bron Studios and produced by Creative Wealth Media Finance and Lighthouse Management & Media. Lionsgate picked up the feature last fall from Annapurna. It releases in theaters December 20.

Check out some of the first reactions to Jay Roach’s “Bombshell” from Twitter.

What do you make of the first reactions to “Bombshell?” Share your thoughts in the comments below!


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Written by Jessica Peña

Jessica Peña studied journalism at Volunteer State Community College before she began writing about film on a personal blog that sprouted from an electronic media course. She is now a film journalist for Awards Circuit, as well as a content editor and writer for the UK-based site JumpCut Online. She also loves the Child's Play/Chucky franchise with no end in sight.


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