Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Chastain & More Up for 'Rodham' Biopic
Just last month we learned The Spectacular Now and Smashed director James Ponsoldt was attached to direct Rodham, a film about politician Hillary Rodham Clinton's early years during the Watergate scandal in the 1970s. The script comes from Young Il Kim, made the 2012 Black List and is now in development Temple Hill Entertainment. Producers intended to get an actress attached as the lead before getting support from studios and independent financiers, and now some names have surfaced for the lead including Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Chastain, Reese Witherspoon and Amanda Seyfried. More below!
The synopsis from the Black List reveal for Young Il Kim's Rodham: "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, and any of these four actresses sound like they would be great for the lead role. Ponsoldt told The Independent (via The Playlist):
"They’re all wonderful actresses. We’re very fortunate that a lot of really great actors are interested in playing these roles. We’re in an enviable position.
Regardless of people’s political affiliation or how they feel about Hillary Clinton, you don’t find people who question the quality of her intelligence or her drive. I want a wonderful actress who could embody that.”
All four actresses have experience in biopic territory. Johansson recently came off playing Janet Leigh in Hitchcock last year while Witherspoon landed an Academy Award for playing June Carter in Walk the Line. Of course, Jessica Chastain is also coming off a real-life role with her work in Zero Dark Thirty and later this year audiences will catch a glimpse of Amanda Seyfried in Lovelace, where the plays the titular adult actress who became a victim of abuse and manipulation. For my money, I think the best choice would be Chastain, but we'll see how casting works out. What do you think?