In a neat bit of casting news, NBC has announced that Unfaithful actress Diane Lane will portray former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for an upcoming four-hour miniseries.
The still untitled project will be helmed by Frozen River director Courtney Hunt. NBC is currently looking for a screenwriter to pen the miniseries and the project will avoid competing with director James Ponsoldt’s already-announced biopic Rodham by covering a different period in her career.
A press release from NBC stated that the miniseries “will begin with Clinton living in the White House as her husband is serving the second of his two terms as president. In the years following, she would eventually become a United States senator, run for president and, ultimately, serve the country as secretary of state,” covering her career from 1998 to present. Conversely, Rodham will cover Clinton’s early years and her rise to political prominence.
NBC executive Robert Greenblatt does not expect Clinton to endorse the biopic, he said, as it will include equal criticism and praise for the veteran politician, but he hopes to have completed the project before Clinton would formally announce a run for office in 2016.
Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill refused to comment on the announcement other than to state that Clinton was unaware of the project.
After The Iron Lady, Lincoln, HBO’s Game Change, ReelzChannel’s The Kennedys and now two Clinton biopics, are you tired of films that explore the lives of politicians? Or will you check out this miniseries?
We’ve seen in the past that whether a biopic is successful or not entirely rides on terrific, realistic performances. With that in mind, is Diane Lane a good choice to play Hillary Clinton? And who would you cast to play Bill Clinton?
Let us know in the comments below.