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Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett star in “Truth,” a film about the last days of former CBS News anchor Dan Rather (played by Redford) and producer Mary Mapes (played by Blanchett).

Based on the memoirs by Ms. Mapes, “Truth and Duty: The Press, The President and The Privilege of Power.”

Doing the news.
Doing the news.

The screenplay was written by scribe James Vanderbilt (White House Down, Zodiac) who also made is directorial debut.

"Truth" focuses on Rather and Mapes during the end of their days with CBS News in the aftermath of their reporting a story about former president George W. Bush’s alleged preferential treatment to avoid combat during the Vietnam War.

Bruce Greenwood (R).
Bruce Greenwood (R).

In the ensuing fallout (which came during Mr. Bush’s re-election campaign), Both Mapes and Rather were “discredited.”

Mapes was fired. Rather retired.

Truth, in addition to Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett, also stars Bruce Greenwood, Topher Grace, Elisabeth Moss and Dennis Quaid.

Sony Pictures Classics will release Truth on October 16th.

Robert Redford is currently serving as executive producer on a number of documentaries and a mini-series “The West,” which debuts next year.

Cate Blanchett will play Lucille Ball in an upcoming biopic which will be produced by Ms. Ball’s children. Aaron Workings will write the screenplay.


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