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Robert Redford to play Dan Rather in movie

Robert Redford
Robert Redford
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Legendary actor/director Robert Redford is set to play former CBS news anchor Dan Rather in an upcoming movie.

The AP reported that the movie Truth will center on Rather’s disputed reporting on former U.S. President George W. Bush’s service with the National Guard.

The movie will co-star Cate Blanchett as Mary Mapes, who wrote the book, Truth and Duty: The Press, The President, and the Privilege of Power, upon which the film is based.

Rather reported on Bush’s service for 60 Minutes II in 2004. The report, which stated that documents confirmed that Bush received special treatment during the Vietnam War, led to Mapes being fired as producer of the show and Rather resigning from his long-time position as anchor of the CBS Evening News. Mapes’s book was published a year later.

Rather would later sue CBS, although the suit was later dismissed. Both Rather and Mapes never issued retractions of their reporting and pointed out that the subsequent investigation never proved that the documents they referred to were forgeries.

Truth will be written by James Vanderbilt, who also wrote The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) and White House Down (2013). It will also mark his directorial debut.

Redford himself won an Academy Award for directing the drama Ordinary People (1980), and Blanchett won an Oscar for playing actress Katherine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator (2004). She won another Oscar for her role in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine (2013).

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Rather is hopeful about the upcoming movie.

"I'm cautiously optimistic," says Rather of the film. "Although I have no illusions. Not everybody is going to like the idea that a film is being made. And not everybody is going to like the film, however it turns out."

While there is no studio set to distribute the film, Truth is set to being filming in the fall.