Scribe James Vanderbilt to direct…

Deadline’s Mike Fleming is hearing that Academy Award-winners Robert Redford (‘All Is Lost’) and Cate Blanchett (‘The Monuments Men’) are set to play the leads in the real-life drama ‘Truth.’

Redford will be playing CBS News icon Dan Rather and centres around the scandal that erupted after Rather reported on 60 Minutes II that George W. Bush had gotten preferential treatment that put him in the National Guard to avoid the Vietnam War draft. The ensuing scandal during Bush’s re-election campaign left Rather and his producer, Mary Mapes (Blanchett), reputations in tatters.

The film marks the directorial debut of ‘Zodiac’ and ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ screenwriter James Vanderbilt, who is adapting the script from Mapes’ 2005 memoir ‘Truth And Duty: The Press, The President, And The Privilege Of Power.’

An autumn start is being eyed with Vanderbilt, Brad Fischer, Laeta Kalogridis, William Sherak, and Mikkel Bondesen producing.