The upcoming Hillary Clinton biopic Rodham is suddenly a very hot topic. Last week there was news that some top notch actresses, including Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Chastain, were in consideration for the role. Today we’ve learned that the favorite for the role isn’t one of the original actresses mentioned, but rather Carey Mulligan.
Mulligan, an extremely talented actress who received an Oscar nomination for her excellent performance in An Education, has become one of the most in-demand twentysomething actresses working today. The resemblance (as shown so well in the two pictures above) is absolutely uncanny, and I have no doubt that Mulligan would be an excellent choice for the role. Reportedly the role has been hers to lose from the start, and all parties are eager to get a deal worked out.
The Black List script by Young Il Kim takes place before Clinton was Clinton (hence the title) and follows the young lawyer as she’s involved with the House Judiciary Committee to Impeach Nixon. She finds herself caught between her own political ambitions and her unresolved feelings for a boy named Bill who’s teaching law in Arkansas. James Ponsoldt is set to direct the film.
The British Mulligan has taken on some American roles lately including Drive and playing an American literary icon in The Great Gatsby, but there are few women more solidly secured as very American than Clinton. Then again, a British man played one of the country’s most iconic figures and won an Oscar for it, so I wouldn’t put it past Mulligan to jump across the pond and own this role.
What do you think of Carey Mulligan taking on this role for Rodham? Is there an actress you’d rather see as Hillary Clinton? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.