Robert Redford to Play Dan Rather in CBS Scandal Movie ‘Truth’

Cate Blanchett Robert Redford George Bush

Robert Redford has come on board to play Dan Rather and Cate Blanchett will portray producer Mary Mapes in political drama “Truth.”

James Vanderbilt, who wrote Zodiac” and both “The Amazing Spider-Man” scripts, will make his directorial debut along with writing and producing through his Mythology Entertainment banner along with Brad Fischer, William Sherak and Mikkel Bondesen.

The film will center on Rather’s 2004 report on CBS’ “60 Minutes Wednesday”about a  series of memos critical of President George W. Bush’s Texas Air National Guard service record that had been discovered in the files of the president’s former commanding officer. The authenticity of those documents was called into question, which led to claims that the memos were forgeries.

Rather and CBS initially defended the story — released during the height of Bush’s re-election campaign — but wound up retracting it 12 days after the initial broadcast. “If I knew then what I know now, I would not have gone ahead with the story as it was aired, and I certainly would not have used the documents in question,” he said.

CBS fired Mapes, who was the story producer, and Rather left CBS News in 2006. In 2007, he sued CBS, Viacom and its top management for making him a “scapegoat” in the story; the suit was dismissed in 2009 by a New York state appeals court.

Vanderbilt is adapting Mapes’ 2005 memoir “Truth And Duty: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power.”

Mythology, a partnership between Vanderbilt, Fischer and Laeta Kalogridis, stumbled last year with its first project “White House Down.” It’s also developing “Blackout,” based on the true story of a serial killer in 1940-41 in Nazi Germany and “The Shining” prequel “The Overlook Hotel,” written by Glen Mazzara.

Vanderbilt is repped by WME and  Bondesen. Redford is repped by WME; Blanchett is repped by CAA and RGM Artists.

News was first reported by the site.



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  1. Tom says:

    Two reporters so blinded by their own bias they use falsified documents to try and damage a President because they disagree with him politically. They were not acting as journalist they were acting as political operatives. There were enough real issues with Bush w/o this false story. They deserved to be canned and should be shunned by real journalist(if there are any). To call this Movie ‘Truth’ is laughable.

  2. Will Carr says:

    The big question is why didn’t Mapes and Rather report this story in 1999 or 2000 when they claim to have first known of it and when it could have saved us the bamboozling of the 2000 to 2008 nightmare of political corruption, financial meltdown and endless warfare?

  3. W.H. Carr says:

    Dan Rather and Mary Mapes were hung out to dry. They had done their homework. Marion Carr Knox, mother of Patrick Carr, changed here story after Bush attorney Dick Thornburgh made a visit to Carr in Houston. The same story was available in 2000 in the run up to the Florida election. Two days before Gore conceded the Supreme Court bamboozle, another Patrick Carr was found in his burned out Ford Bronco beside Ellington Field, of the Texas Air National Guard…see One Nation Under Oz. WH Carr

    • W. Carr says:

      Sorry folks. That comment is WRONG. Marion Carr Knox never changed her story according to USA Today. According to Dick Thornburgh and Louis Boccardi and others she did. She didn’t and her son, Patrick Carr, backed her up as the story was unraveling. Still to be answered: Why didn’t Mapes and Rather come out with it in 1999 or 2000? Vitally important question considering the legacy of the 1999-2008 national gut punch.

  4. Jerry says:

    So Redford is going to play a dope who maintains a Microsoft Word document printed on a laser printer magically went back in time as “evidence”? Bob – retire already.. please!

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