According to this tweet, the filming for Cate’s upcoming movie with Robert Redford has started. Cate will play Mary Mapes, an America journalist and former television news producers.
Robert Redford leaves Cate Blanchett waiting on Sydney set of new movie Truth
The cameras are rolling in Western Sydney, the production crew is in full swing and the leading lady, Cate Blanchett, is working on a role that some predict may land her a third Academy Award.
The cameras are rolling in Western Sydney, the production crew is in full swing and the leading lady, Cate Blanchett, is going about being one of the most acclaimed actors of her generation, in a role that some predict may land her a third Academy Award.
The only thing missing? Her leading man: Hollywood legend Robert Redford.
PS hears from the Sydney production of Blanchett’s new film Truth that Redford was due on set this week but has been delayed on “other projects”, causing a mild panic for producers who are keenly aware that such delays can quickly turn into very expensive obstacles.
While PS hears Redford is due in Sydney “any day now”, this week he was yet to materialise on the set, which has taken over an industrial block in suburbia and transformed it into slices of Washington and New York for the film.
Blanchett, who reportedly requested the film be shot in her home town so she could be closer to her family, has been spotted shrouded by umbrellas and obscured from public view. So too have other leading Hollywood stars now working on the film, including Topher Grace and Ed Norton.
The Hollywood heavy hitters are starring in a US political drama, in which Redford, 77, will play former CBS News anchor and former king of American broadcast news Dan Rather, with Blanchett as his producer Mary Mapes.
The film also marks the directorial debut of screenwriter James Vanderbilt, whose credits include the first two instalments of The Amazing Spider-Man, White House Down and Zodiac.
According to Hollywood trade press reports, the plot follows the scandal that ensued after Rather reported on 60 Minutes in 2004 that George W. Bush’s father arranged for him to serve in the National Guard to avoid the Vietnam War draft.
CBS subsequently launched an investigation into whether the documents quoted in the story were forgeries, and Mapes was fired for what was described as lapses in judgment.
Rather left CBS News in 2006 and then sued CBS’ parent company Viacom and senior management for making him a “scapegoat” in the story. The suit was later dismissed by a New York state appeals court.