Carey Mulligan is Now the Top Choice to Lead Hilary Clinton Biopic

June 5, 2013
Source: THR

Carey Mulligan

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?

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Honestly she is better than Emma Stone for this role. Mulligan has more similar facial features than Stone.

DAVIDPD on Jun 5, 2013


It's a better fit for sure.

Reznik on Jun 5, 2013



Linkfx on Jun 6, 2013


Sure. Because looking like your part from the get go is what acting is all about. But seriously. Similar facial features? What drugs...?

Jan on Jun 6, 2013


I don't get this. Why do a movie about a normal person doing a normal job. I may be missing something because I've never watched any of these "Oh look at me. Look what I can do" movies about anyone. It's really not about the kool-aid color for me it's about entertainment. Documentaries are another story. I like those, but to each their own.

VoiceOfReason on Jun 6, 2013


I woman lawyer during the Watergate scandal is far from a "normal" job. Did you think 42 was boring because it was just a guy playing baseball?

MattPeloquin on Jun 6, 2013


I did.

Brian Sleider on Jun 6, 2013


We've already established that you don't really like anything.

MattPeloquin on Jun 6, 2013


To be fair, I find every thing about baseball to be boring. My pops drug to that movie.

Brian Sleider on Jun 6, 2013


I heard 42 was great. Didn't watch it though. Now a documentry on the subject would be more my speed.

VoiceOfReason on Jun 6, 2013


42 was fantastic, best baseball movie I've seen since A League of Their Own.

MattPeloquin on Jun 6, 2013


Why is a woman lawyer during the Watergate scandal more interesting than a guy lawyer during the Watergate scandal? I guess it's kinda interesting she's got her own scandal now aimed at her, but all politicians like that are above the law and never go to jail, so what does it matter? I'd much rather see a documentary on why nobody goes to jail when they're rich and powerful.

Brad on Jun 6, 2013


Check out Inside Job or Who Killed the Electric Car, both great documentaries on that subject. Also, a woman lawyer is more interesting because women's rights weren't as prevalent in the 70's.

MattPeloquin on Jun 6, 2013


"Women have always been the primary victims of war. Women lose their husbands, their fathers, their sons in combat." - Hillary Clinton

OfficialJab on Jun 6, 2013


Yeah, it's a shame about all those women that were drafted and had to fight and die in the Civil War, W.W.I, W.W.II, Korea, and Vietnam...not to mention all the other wars throughout history. It's also a shame someone in a position of power (like she was in) didn't do more to end wars, instead of making more. Seriously, why do we need another movie about some lying politician, that'll just end up twisting history to make that person out to be some kind of hero? Most people probably don't keep up with what their politicians are doing to them right now. The last thing they need is Hollywood changing events around to make for a good story, instead of the truth.

Brad on Jun 6, 2013


I always liked Bill Clinton's line that Hilary had eaten more pussy than he had.

cobrazombie on Jun 7, 2013

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