Robert Redford to Portray Newsman Dan Rather in TRUTH AND DUTY
Deadline reports that Robert Redford will play famed newsman Dan Rather in the upcoming film TRUTH AND DUTY.
Based on the 2005 memoir Truth and Duty: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power by CBS producer Mary Mapes, the movie will center on Rather's 2004 controversial featured on 60 Minutes II which reported that George W. Bush received preferential treatment that put him in the National Guard to avoid being drafted in the Vietnam War. The story broke during Bush's re-election campaign and resulted in the firing of Mapes and affected Rather's reputation as a journalist going forward.
Redford previously starred as newsman Bob Woodward in the 1976 movie All The President's Men. The actor is also a director, producer, businessman, environmentalist, philanthropist, and founder of the Sundance Film Festival. He has received two Academy Awards: one in 1981 fordirecting Ordinary People, and one for Lifetime Achievement in 2002. In 2010, he was awarded French Knighthood in the Legion d'Honneur.
In April 2014, Time magazine included Redford in its annual TIME 100 as one of the "Most Influential People in the World" declaring him the "Godfather of Indie Film."