Carey Mulligan is Now the Top Choice to Lead Hilary Clinton Biopic
Just over a week ago, we learned that Smashed and The Spectacular Now director James Ponsoldt was looking at a superb line-up of actresses to lead Rodham, a biopic following a young Hilary Rodham Clinton during her formative years in the 70s. Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Chastain, Reese Witherspoon and Amanda Seyfried were said to be in the running, and Emma Stone (who just departed Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak) was supposedly up for the role as well. Now THR reports The Great Gatsby star Carey Mulligan is now the top choice for the part and she'll be meeting with Ponsoldt to figure out the details.
Supposedly negotiations have not officially begun and other actresses might still be in the mix, but both Ponsoldt and Mulligan are eager to make this work. The synopsis from the Black List reveal for Young Il Kim's Rodham describes the film like this: "During the height of the Watergate scandal [in the 1970s], 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."
During this time Clinton was just 26-years-old, making Mulligan prime for the part. The British actress is easily one of the most talented working today, and this will certainly be a role that could garner awards attention. From An Education to Drive along with Shame and Never Let Me Go, Mulligan is just a revelation in any role she takes on the big screen. Beautiful and talented, there seems to be nothing Mulligan can't do. Playing the prominent real-life Hilary Clinton will certainly be a big challenge, but we can't wait to see how Mulligan disappears into the role. Thoughts?