Charlize Theron Is Virtually Unrecognizable as Megyn Kelly in New 'Bombshell' Trailer

Charlize Theron Virtually Unrecognizable as Megyn Kelly in New ‘Bombshell’ Trailer
Charlize Theron plays Megyn Kelly, Nicole Kidman plays Gretchen Carlson, Margot Robbie plays Kayla Pospisil, a composite character made up for the film. 'Bombshell' will be released December, 20, 2019. LIONS GATE/Hilary Bronwyn Gayle

Wait, is that Megyn Kelly standing next to Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie in the trailer for the new film Bombshell? No. It's Charlize Theron, who is virtually unrecognizable as the former Fox News host.

The star's name quickly became a top-trending Twitter topic, with netizens being shocked by Theron's transformation. Her name, in conjunction with the fim's name, had thousands of mentions.

Lions Gate released the first trailer on Wednesday for the film about the many women at Fox News who allegedly faced years of sexual harassment from the late Roger Ailes.

Theron is joined by an all-star cast: Kidman plays Gretchen Carlson; Margot Robbie plays Kayla Pospisil, a composite character made up for the film; John Lithgow plays Ailes; Connie Britton is Ailes' wife, Beth; and Alison Janney plays Susan Estrich, Ailes' legal counsel. The film is directed by Jay Roach and written by Charles Randolph, the Oscar-nominated team behind The Big Short.

"It was written really well, and I think it was the writing, and the filmmaker, that made me realize it was in the right hands," Theron told Entertainment Tonight in September 2018. "We need to tell these stories, for sure."

Little is known about the plot of the film besides Theron, Kidman and Robbie playing the three central characters.

The trailer shows Robbie getting on an elevator, looking nervous. People (including Saturday Night Live's Kate McKinnon) can be seen looking at her getting on the elevator. She nervously presses the second-floor button (he second-floor of the Fox News building was previously the executive suite, where Ailes' office was).

The words "based on the real scandal," appear on the screen, followed by Theron and Kelly entering the scene. Robbie moves away from Theron, clearly intimidated.

"What started with a whisper will end," shows on the screen, followed by the two looking at each other. When Kidman joins them in the elevator, the words "with a bombshell" appear. The only words in the trailer are spoken by Kidman, who turns to the women to say, "It's hot in here."

"I think we're really gonna learn a lot about our own history because Roger Ailes has really had a huge impact in the last two decades," Britton told Entertainment Tonight in January 2019 about the potential impact of the film.

This isn't the first film to come out about the Fox News sexual harassment scandal. Showtime recently aired The Loudest Voice, which mostly focused on Russell Crowe as Ailes and Naomi Watts as Carlson. The miniseries showed the rise of Fox News until Ailes' death in May 2017. In that film Kelly was only spoken of, she wasn't a central character.

Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Ailes in July 2016 after her contract expired from Fox News. Her lawsuit led to dozens of women, including Kelly, to come forward to accuse Ailes of harassment. Ailes received a $40 million settlement from the network and was forced to resign.

"I will not allow my presence to become a distraction from the work that must be done every day to ensure that Fox News and Fox Business continue to lead our industry," Ailes wrote in a statement announcing his resignation.

Bombshell will be released on December 20, 2019.