Dan Rather gets an answer to an age-old question: Who would play you in a movie?

Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather in 2001. (AP Photo/Suzanne Plunkett)
Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather in 2001. (Suzanne Plunkett/AP)

The story behind the story that took down veteran newsman Dan Rather is making its way to the big screen.

“Truth and Duty,” based on the book of the same name written by Rather’s former “60 Minutes” producer Mary Mapes, will star industry heavyweights Robert Redford as Rather and Cate Blanchett as Mapes.

Now, like other real-life scandal stars who have come before him (most recently Bowe Bergdahl, Edward Snowden and Gen. Stanley McChrystal), Rather gets an answer to the burning question: Who would play you in a movie? What’s more, Rather has commented on the film’s future.

“A long life has taught me that he who lives by the crystal ball learns to eat a lot of broken glass; so who knows if the movie will actually get made,” wrote Rather in a brief blog posted on his official Web site on Thursday. He added that Redford and Blanchett were “incredible talents” and praised Redford’s “faith in film as truth telling.”

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Robert Redford (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

The film will focus on a 2004 “60 Minutes Wednesday” story about then-president George W. Bush’s military service. According to memos obtained by Rather and Mapes, Bush allegedly relied on his family’s connections to avoid being drafted into the military after graduating from Yale in 1968. He, instead, served in the National Guard. Soon after the story aired, CBS News retracted the story when the authenticity of the memos were called into question. Mapes was fired and Rather retired in 2006.

“Truth and Duty” will be directed, written and produced by James Vanderbilt, who wrote the last two “Amazing Spiderman” scripts.

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