Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett in political drama `Truth`

PTI| Last Updated: Jul 11, 2014, 10:02 AM IST

Los Angeles: Veteran actor-director Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett will reportedly star as Dan Rather and producer Mary Mapes in political drama `Truth`.

The movie will depict the controversial Rathergate scandal about six purported documents critical of President George W Bush`s service in the Air National Guard in 1970s.

Redford will play CBS News icon Dan Rather and Blanchett will portray his producer Mary Mapes. It`s adapted from Mapes` 2005 memoir "Truth and Duty: The Press, The President, And the Privilege Of Power", reportedly.

The film, to be directed by James Vanderbilt, will centre on the scandal that ensued during President Bush`s re-election campaign after Rather reported on `60 Minutes II` that Bush had benefited from the powerful position of his father, then an ambassador and future president, to avoid service in Vietnam.

Vanderbilt, who wrote the screenplay of the first two `The Amazing Spider-Man` movies, will turn director with the film.