'Truth' Trailer: See Robert Redford's Portrayal of News Man Dan Rather

'Truth' Trailer: See Robert Redford's Portrayal of News Man Dan Rather

Sep 23, 2015

One of many movies based on a true story with recognizable characters out this fall, Truth has just come out with a new trailer following its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Here's what you need to know about the Oscar contender.

It's about the downfall of a very famous man

11 years ago, popular news anchor Dan Rather became disgraced for his part in a controversial 60 Minutes report on then-President George W. Bush's service record. Referred to by many as "Rathergate" or simply "Memogate," the scandal involved documents later put into question claming Bush received preferential treatment during his time with the U.S. Air National Guard.

Robert Redford plays Dan Rather

It's hard to imagine any other famous actor more appropriate for the role, though it's also hard to imagine Redford won't be a little distracting. Watch the real Rather, who resigned soon after the scandal, report a follow-up to the story the week after the controversial episode here.

Cate Blanchett plays producer Mary Mapes

Mapes, an award-winning journalist and producer for CBS for 15 years, was fired over the controversial story. Truth is based on her book Truth and Duty: The Press, The President And The Privilege Of Power. See the real Mapes in a 2005 interview here.

Dennis Quaid plays Lt. Colonel Roger Charles 

Charles was a retired lieutenant colonel of the U.S. Marine Corps and Vietnam Vet who worked for Mapes as an associate producer and consultant. You can see the real man testifying during a congressional hearing on veterans and suicide-inducing drugs here

Elisabeth Moss and Topher Grace round out the real-life production team

Moss plays Lucy Scott, another longtime producer with CBS who also worked on the story. You can see a photo of her on her website. Grace plays Mike Smith, a freelance researcher working with Mapes and the one who first received the alleged fake documents. 

Bruce Greenwood plays then CBS News head Andrew Heywar

Heyward was a 24-year CBS vet and at the time president of CBS News since 1996. He resigned a year later. See him interviewed much more recently in this video

The movie is the directorial debut of James Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt, who also wrote the screenplay for Truth, is best known for writing David Fincher's Zodiac, as well as White House Down and parts of The Amazing Spider-Man and its sequel. 

It opens wide on October 16, 2015

Now that you know all there is to know, watch the trailer here:

 

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