Michael Shannon will star in a biopic film about US Senator Joseph McCarthy. He will play McCarthy in the film and he will be joined by Emilia Clarke, Dane DeHaan, and Scoot McNairy.
The film has the title McCarthy and it will chart the “rise and fall of the infamous and powerful senator and his enablers, a group that includes his politically ambitious wife Jean Kerr (Clarke), his ruthless young lawyer Roy Cohn (DeHaan), and his trusted friend and colleague Ray Kiermas (McNairy). ”
For those of you in need of a refresher, McCarthy is known for claiming that numerous communists and Soviet spies and sympathizers had infiltrated the US federal government, universities, film industry and more. His rise to power was built on a wave of anti-communist hysteria.
Shannon is going to be perfect in this role and he will be directed by Vaclav Marhoul (The painted bird).
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