Nazanin Boniadi to Play Rudi Bakhtiar in the Film Bombshell

December 5, 2019

Nazanin Boniadi (R) will portray journalist Rudi Bakhtiar (L) in the Lionsgate film Bombshell (Image Credit Instagram)

By Iman Sadri and Ezra Hakimi

Nazanin Boniadi is set to star as journalist Rudi Bakhtiar in the film Bombshell. The film co-stars Charlize Theron, Margot Robie and Nicole Kidman. Bombshell centers upon female Fox News personnel and their allegations against founder Roger AilesJohn Lithgow will play Ailes.

Rudi Bakhtiar when she was with Fox News (Image Credit AP)

Boniadi is an A-List Persian with a vast filmography. She is nominated for a ‘Best Actress Award’ at the AACTA for her performance in Hotel Mumbai.

Both Bakhtiar and Boniadi come from science backgrounds. Boniadi was Pre-Med, having graduated with honors in Biological Sciences from UC Irvine prior to switching to acting. Bakhtiar had been accepted to the NYU College of Dentistry prior to becoming a journalist.

Nazanin Boniadi as Rudi Bakhtiar in ‘Bombshell’ (Image Credit Lionsgate)

Bakhtiar was a regular Prime Time fixture for many years on CNN Headline News prior to her stints at Fox News and Reuters. She also hosts a radio program at AM 670 KIRN.

Boniadi is known for her roles in Homeland, Ben-Hur, and Counterpart.

Bombshell is distributed by Lionsgate and is set for a December 13, 2019 release.


Iman Sadri and Ezra Hakimi are columnists for The Persian Observer