Rodham, an upcoming film about Hillary Clinton’s younger years, basically has “Oscar” written all over it. The movie’s screenplay won the number 4 spot on last year’s Black List of best unproduced scripts, an annual roundup that has cited future Best Picture winners like Slumdog Millionaire and The King’s Speech in the past. It’s a period biopic about a complicated political figure, which is a long way of saying “Academy catnip.” And it’s stuffed with meaty roles — future president Bill Clinton, future Massachusetts governor William Weld, Hillary herself — that are sure to attract a plethora of big-name stars.
Speak of which, four celebrated actresses are already rumored to be in contention for the film’s starring role: Scarlett Johansson, Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Chastain, and Amanda Seyfried, according to the UK’s Sunday Times. “They’re all wonderful actresses,” Rodham director James Ponsoldt apparently told the paper. “We’re very fortunate that a lot of really great actors are interested in playing these roles. We’re in an enviable position.” Reps for all four ladies haven’t yet responded to EW’s requests for comment.
Indeed, all four stars seem like viable candidates for the part. Though they’re both about 10 years older than Clinton is throughout most of the film, Witherspoon and Chastain can do ambition and intensity in their sleep. After all, in many ways a young Hillary is the real-life version of Election‘s Tracy Flick — and she certainly seems to share some DNA with Zero Dark Thirty‘s determined Maya. Meanwhile, Johansson and Seyfried — who, at 28 and 27, are much closer to the young Rodham’s age — could each bring vulnerability and sexuality to the role. (The movie’s version of Hillary definitely needs to generate some heat — she and Bill apparently have a bunch of sex scenes.)
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