On October 5th 2017, a New York Times article was released accusing producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual crimes. I remember where I was when the office started buzzing with talk about the piece, and when women all around the world began sharing their #MeToo stories shortly after. The expose, investigated by journalists at the paper, Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor, as well as the New Yorker article by Ronan Farrow which followed the next day, prompted a global reckoning and, in 2020, Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison on a rape conviction.
Twohey and Kantor detailed the journey of their reporting in their bestselling book titled She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement, which was released in September 2019, revealing how hard Weinstein had worked for decades to keep the stories of his abuse a secret, and the lengths the two reporters had to go to to find sources and finally get Hollywood’s dirty secret out. They were later awarded a Pulitzer prize for their work on the case.
Now, She Said is being turned into a movie of the same name, with Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan reported to be in final negotiations to play Twohey and Kantor.
Like the book depicts, the movie will focus on Twohey and Kantor’s work to uncover the widespread sexual harassment and assault allegations against Weinstein. Maria Schrader, an Emmy winner for Netflix’s Unorthodox, is directing from a script by Oscar winner Rebecca Lenkiewicz. Production is set to begin this summer.
Mulligan has recently been praised for her performance in the revenge thriller Promising Young Woman. While Kazan, best known for her performance in The Big Sick, was most recently seen in HBO’s miniseries The Plot Against America. The pair have previously co-starred on stage in a Broadway production of The Seagull and appear to be longtime friends in the industry.