Watts joins previously announced cast member Russell Crowe, who will play Ailes. Carlson rose to prominence over a decade ago at Fox News, first as a co-anchor at “Fox and Friends” before going on to anchor her own show, “The Real Story.” She then became the first of multiple women to file a sexual harassment suit against Ailes after leaving Fox News.
The casting keeps Watts in business with Showtime, with the actress having recently appeared in the premium cabler’s revival of “Twin Peaks.” Watts is also known for her roles in films like “Mulholland Drive,” “I Heart Huckabees,” “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance),” “St. Vincent,” “The Ring,” “King Kong, and “J. Edgar.” Watts also earned Academy Award nominations for her role in “21 Grams” and “The Impossible.