The question of who will portray Hillary Clinton in the upcoming biopic Rodham is one less actress away from being answered. Carey Mulligan, the favourite to play the former first lady, New York senator and secretary of state, has turned down the offer.
Reportedly director James Ponsoldt’s favourite for the lead, Mulligan passed up the part saying she “wasn’t prepared to commit to the role at this time.”
So if The Great Gatsby’s Daisy Buchanan won’t play the bright law student and rising politician, who will? Sources close to the production still have a list of Hollywood heavyweights and are in talks to cast the role in the next few weeks. Among the frontrunners in the mix are Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Chastain, Amanda Seyfried, Reese Witherspoon and Emma Stone.
The film will centre on Clinton’s years working toward political achievement, as well as her relationship with future husband Bill Clinton.
The synopsis reads: “During the height of the Watergate scandal, rising star Hillary Rodham is the youngest lawyer chosen for the house judiciary committee to impeach Nixon, but she soon finds herself forced to choose between a destined path to the White House and her unresolved feelings for Bill Clinton, her former boyfriend who now teaches law in Arkansas.”
Although it is still unclear whether the film has achieved full funding, it is aiming for release in time for the next 2016 US presidential election, in which Clinton is a likely candidate for Democratic nomination.