Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan to play New York Times reporters who broke the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal story in the film She Said
- Reporters Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor’s investigation is being adapted into the film She Said, about the investigation which lead to Weinstein’s demise
- Weinstein’s downfall began after a 2017 New York Times article unearthed a long list of sexual assault allegations and a pattern of cover-ups that followed
- He is serving 23 years in prison for rape and is also facing charges in California
- The scandal would fuel the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, calling for gender equity and the end of sexual violence
- She Said will focus on the ‘all-women team of journalists who persevered through threats of litigation and intimidation, to break a game-changing story’
- Mulligan and Kazan worked on a 2008 Broadway play The Seagull together
- Mulligan stared in 20018’s Wildlife, written by Kazan and husband Paul Dano
Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan are set to lead a film about the New York Times reporters who broke the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal story in fall of 2017.
The actresses are being courted for roles as journalists Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor in She Said, an upcoming film about the bombshell investigation based on the New York Times bestseller She Said: Breaking The Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite A Movement.
A litany sexual misconduct accusations were leveled against Weinstein in the October 2017 report, eventually leading to the film exec being sentenced to 23-years in prison for rape in March 2020 while also inspiring the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements to fight sexism in the workplace and beyond.
She Said will not center on the Weinstein investigation but is instead focusing on the ‘all-women team of journalists who persevered through threats of litigation and intimidation, to break a game-changing story,’ according to Deadline.
Investigators: Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan are reportedly in talks to star in She Said, a movie about the New York Times reporters who broke the story of the Harvey Weinstein sex scandals. The actresses are seen in 2019 together above
Non-fiction: She Said, based on a book by Kantor and Twohey, will not center on the Weinstein investigation but is instead focusing on the ‘all-women team of journalists who persevered through threats of litigation and intimidation, to break a game-changing story’
The project will be structured like other revered films journalism films Spotlight and All the President’s Men, laying out the story like a procedural.
Kantor and Twohey were able to track down dozens of accusers while also detailing how victims were manipulated into staying silent with hush money and threats of professional retaliation.
Weinstein would be ousted from his role as co-chair of The Weinstein Company and is currently in maximum security prison.
He still faces additional charges in California.
In April Weinstein was indicted on eleven counts of sexual assault in Los Angeles County and he is facing extradition to the Golden State from Wende Correctional Facility, where he is currently being held.
New York Times journalists Kantor and Twohey would go on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for their investigation, along with Ronan Farrow, who also took down Weinstein with his reporting for The New Yorker.
She Said plans to start production this summer, directed by Unorthodox director Maria Schrader from a script penned by Oscar-winner Rebecca Lenkiewicz.
Annapurna Pictures and Plan B Entertainment will be producing the film for Universal Pictures after jointly optioning the rights to the source material in 2018.
Criminal: Journalists Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor uncovered dozens of Weinstein accusers along with accounts of hush money and threats of professional retribution. Weinstein was sentenced to 23-years in prison in March 2020. He’s seen in July 2018 above
Oscar nominee Megan Ellison and Sue Naegle will executive produce for Annapurna. Oscar winners Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner will produce for Plan B.
Overseeing the project for Universal will be Vice President Of Production Lexi Barta.
Mulligan and Kazan already have a creative link, though they have never appeared on screen together.
They both appeared in a 2008 Broadway production of The Seagull from British theater director Ian Ricksons.
In 2018 Mulligan starred in Wildlife, which was co-written and produced by Kazan along with husband Paul Dano, who directed.
Carey was recently nominated for an Oscar for her role in Promising Young Woman.
Kazan’s latest credits include HBO’s The Plot Against America, the Coen Brother’s Ballad Of Buster Scruggs and The Big Sick.
Acclaimed: Carey was recently nominated for an Oscar for her role in Promising Young Woman