Four years after the infamous Harvey Weinstein scandal that rocked the world of entertainment, a new film is set to be released starring Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan as the New York Times reporters who broke the news of the gross misconduct.
Based on the New York Times bestseller She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement, Mulligan and Karzan will play Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor who reportedly broke the story on October 5th 2017.
The story detailed the disgusting acts of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein who received multiple allegations of sexual harassment and assault across decades in the industry. Set to be directed by Maria Schrader, who worked on the 2020 series Unorthodox, and scripted by Rebecca Lenkiewicz, who previously wrote 2013’s powerful Ida, this could well be a truly significant film.
Already being compared to similar press-room dramas Spotlight and All the President’s Men, She Said will follow “an all-women team of journalists who persevered through threats of litigation and intimidation to break a game-changing story”. It follows on from Carey Mulligan’s success in Emerald Fennell’s Oscar-winning Promising Young Woman, a film described as part of a post #Metoo era, that was inspired by the social movement against sexual abuse and sexual harassment.
The focus of Jodi Kantor’s book She Said, which helped to reach the shelves after the endorsement of Gweneth Paltrow, is on the systemic “structures of power” that helped to enable Weinstein’s sexual perversion for decades, only questioned by delicate “whispers and rumours”. Kantor commented on the three main questions that surround any allegations of sexual assault, noting, “What is the scope of the behaviours under scrutiny?;” “How do we get the facts right?;” and “What should punishment and accountability look like?”.
We can’t wait to see Maria Schrader’s final film…