10 years ago, legendary news anchor Dan Rather was forced to step down from his post as CBS News anchor after reporting that President George W. Bush went AWOL while serving for the National Guard during the Vietnam War. This fall, the story behind how that scandal unfolded will be told in the new drama Truth, which has just released the first trailer and poster, through Yahoo! Movies. Robert Redford stars as Dan Rather, with Cate Blanchett playing his producer Mary Mapes. Sony Pictures classics has handed out an October 16 release date, following its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Based on the book "Truth and Duty" by Mary Mapes, in the vein of All the President's Men and The Insider, Truth is the incredible true story of Mary Mapes (played by Cate Blanchett), an award-winning CBS News Journalist and Dan Rather's producer, who broke the Abu-Ghraib prison abuse story, among others. The film chronicles the story Mapes and Rather (played by Robert Redford) uncovered that a sitting US President may have been AWOL from the United States National Guard for over a year during the Vietnam War. When the story blew up in their face, the ensuing scandal ruined Dan Rather's career, nearly changed a US Presidential election, and almost took down all of CBS News in the process. Here's what writer-director James Vanderbilt had to say about this incredible true story in an interview with Yahoo! Movies
"What nobody remembers about this story is how many outlets were right there with them. They were racing - Vanity Fair, NBC News, and the Boston Globe - all at the same time. And then 60 Minutes ran the story and it was like crickets."
The supporting cast is rounded out by Elisabeth Moss, Topher Grace, Dennis Quaid, Bruce Greenwood, David Lyons, John Benjamin Hickey, Toni French and Rachael Blake. The film marks the directorial debut of James Vanderbilt, following a successful career as a screenwriter, whose credits include Zodiac, The Amazing Spider-Man and White House Down. Truth received rave reviews after debuting in Toronto, and it could be an early Oscar contender as well.
Truth hits theaters on October 16 in limited release, going up against Bridge of Spies, Crimson Peak and Goosebumps in wide release, and All Things Must Pass, Room and Woodlawn in limited release. Do you think this has a shot at taking home some big awards this Oscar season? Let us know after checking out the first trailer and poster.