Ashley Greene To Play Former ‘Fox & Friends’ Host Abby Huntsman In Roger Ailes Film
EXCLUSIVE: Ashley Greene has been added to the robust, all-star cast of the Jay Roach’s yet-to-be-titled Fox News project about the women who fought against network boss Roger Ailes and his toxic male culture. Greene is set to play former Fox & Friends host Abby Huntsman.
Penned by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Charles Randolph (The Big Short), the Twilight alum joins a roster of actors who will step into the roles of other players in the Fox News Channel universe. John Lithgow takes the role of Ailes, Nicole Kidman will play Gretchen Carlson, Margot Robbie will portray producer Kayla Pospisil and Charlize Theron will appear as Megyn Kelly. Allison Janney will play trailblazing feminist lawyer Susan Estrich.
The film will also feature Kate McKinnon, Mark Duplass, and Alice Eve. Elisabeth Rohm and Spencer Garrett will appear as Fox News hosts Martha MacCallum and Sean Hannity respectively. Alanna Ubach will play Fox News host Jeanine Pirro.
Huntsman, daughter of U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Hunstman, joined Fox News as a reporter in 2015 and went on to co-host Fox & Friends Weekend a year later. She exited her post at Fox & Friends to join The View earlier this year, giving the daytime talk show a second conservative host to keep Meghan McCain company.
BRON Studios is co-financing the production which is already shooting and Lionsgate is finalizing their domestic deal to distribute and co-finance; the studio is already selling foreign on the pic as Deadline exclusively reported from AFM. The project was originally set up at Annapurna.
Greene is known for her role in the Twilight blockbuster franchise adapted from the popular YA novels. Her other credits include CBGB, James Franco’s In Dubious Battle as well as the DirecTV drama Rogue.
She is repped by Gersh and Management 360.
In the multiple stories he has told police about the morning that he murdered his wife and kids, Chris Watts has never told them the truth.
Even after his about-face earlier this month, in which he revealed himself as the killer, he did not describe what really happened. All he told the court was that he was guilty.
Prosecutors wouldn’t trust what he had to say, anyway.
Weld County, Colorado, District Attorney Michael Rourke laid out this candid assessment of Watts’ deceptions on Monday, as Watts was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison for murdering wife Shan’ann Watts, who was then 15 weeks pregnant with their son, and their daughters, Bella and Celeste.
Speaking with reporters after Chris, 33, was sentenced, Rourke did not dispute that the possibility remains for Chris to make a statement in the future about his crimes.
He tells PEOPLE, “[Explaining] what happened, why it happened was not a condition of the plea.”
“If he wants to talk now, it’s on his own,” Rourke says, “but it’s not a condition of the plea nor is it a part of our agreement.”
He explains that both he and Shan’ann’s family agreed that forcing Chris to make a public confession could put them “in a position where we were listening to some concocted BS story, just to try to satisfy the plea agreement.”
“The Rzuceks [Shan’ann’s family] were of the opinion that he would never be able to give us a full version — just because of who he is — he would never tell us the truth,” Rourke says.
At a news conference Monday, Rourke said two very big and basic questions remain even as the investigation has led authorities toward a partial understanding of both mysteries.
“How? And why?” he said, adding, “Those are the questions that will always haunt anyone who was involved in the investigation.”
But, Rourke said, “I don’t think he’ll ever answer those questions. Like I said in the courtroom this morning, and I think [Shan’ann’s] family said it very, very well as well: I don’t think think he will ever tell us. I don’t think he will give an honest assessment of why he did what he did, how he did what he did.”
“I intentionally called upon [Chris] to see if he would answer those questions in the courtroom this morning,” Rourke continued. “Both his mother and, through their attorney, his father said that they hope he will be honest and come clean some day and give us an account of what happened.”
Rourke cautioned though that when it came to such a vicious triple murder, there would be no easy explanation.
“I don’t think that there is ever going to be a satisfactory answer for anyone,” he said.
Rourke told the judge at Chris’ sentencing that he strangled Shan’ann, 34, and smothered Bella, 4, and 3-year-old Celeste, motivated by the selfish desire for a “fresh start” with his unwitting mistress.
A timeline of the murders remains unknown, however, as do some details about how Chris carried out each slaying such as what he may have used to kill his girls.
After the sentencing, Rourke confirmed that “the only statement that [Chris] gave until his pleas of guilty” was what he told police under questioning not long after his wife and kids disappeared. That’s when, after being confronted about the affair he was having with a co-worker, Chris told investigators he would give them “the truth.”
According to his arrest affidavit, Chris claimed that Shan’ann was responsible for their daughters’ deaths and that he’d strangled her in a “rage” after witnessing her strangling 3-year-old Celeste.
For months that lie stood — contested but not discredited — until Chris pleaded guilty on Nov. 6.
Rourke told reporters afterwards, “The spotlight that he tried to shine on Shanann falsely, incorrectly and, frankly, a flat-out lie has been corrected. The spotlight shines directly where it belongs: on him.”
Through a public defender on Monday, Chris said he was “devastated” and “sincerely sorry.”
Asked if he wanted to speak for himself, he stayed silent.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Redskins decided on Monday to sign Mark Sanchez to their roster. Out of the group of quarterbacks the Redskins worked out this morning, which included EJ Manuel and T.J. Yates, Sanchez was probably the most well-known. The former New York Jet hasn't played in a game since 2016, and is looking for another chance in the NFL. He has also spent time with the Philadelphia Eagles, Denver Broncos, Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears. In his career, he has recorded 15,219 yards, 86 touchdowns and 86 interceptions. At 32 years old, he's one of the oldest quarterbacks the Redskins were looking at, but he does have the most experience, and Washington may value that especially if they want to make a run in the playoffs.
The Redskins are still in first place in the NFC East at 6-4, but the loss of Smith will obviously be felt moving forward. The coaches have faith in McCoy, but want a backup who can come in and perform if need be.
When he filled in for the injured Nick Foles midway through the 2014 season, Sanchez completed 64.1 percent of his passes for 2,418 yards, 14 touchdowns, 11 interceptions and an 88.4 passer rating. The Eagles went 4-4 in his starts, but Sanchez was the quarterback that was a part of the team that started 9-3 and lost three of four games down the stretch to finish 10-6 and miss the playoffs. Sanchez threw six touchdowns and four interceptions during that 1-3 stretch, but each pick came at a costly time in the game that hurt the Eagles.
5COMMENTSSanchez was the backup quarterback to Sam Bradford in 2015, filling in for him for two and a half games while Bradford recovered from a shoulder injury. He completed 64.8 percent of his passes for 616 yards, four touchdowns, four interceptions and an 80.7 passer rating.
We'll see if Sanchez ever takes the field as a Redskin, even if he doesn't, it's an interesting signing nonetheless.