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Scarlett Johansson, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Chastain & Reese Witherspoon Eyed To Play Hillary 'Rodham' Clinton

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by Kevin Jagernauth
May 27, 2013 9:04 AM
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Even though her political career isn't over yet, with a 2016 Presidential race still a distinct possibility, it looks like the life of Hillary Rodham Clinton is being prepared for some cinematic reflections. Last month, "Smashed" and "The Spectacular Now" director James Ponsoldt signed to direct the Black List approved "Rodham," a biopic focusing on Hillary's student days and her rise into the world of politics. It's some strong material and a good story, and naturally, some big name actresses are already being bandied about to take the lead role.

The Independent is reporting that Scarlett Johansson, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Chastain and Reese Witherspoon "are among actresses being considered" for the movie, which likely means, they are part of a long wishlist that will get whittled down as the project gears up. While we'd wager more of a unknown or perhaps not quite so famous actress is probably the smarter play here, so they can tackle the role without movie star baggage, all that Ponsoldt wants is the right person for the job.

“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,” he said. “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.”

It's not clear if the movie has full financing yet -- it was looking for backers when Ponsoldt came on board -- but getting an A-list star and Oscar nominee and/or winner? That would be one way to secure some backers. 

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16 Comments

  • roger | May 28, 2013 11:08 AMReply

    People, please, stop overrating Jennifer Lawrence. The poor girl is not a trained actress, and she is always wooden and she has problems delivering her lines ( that was confirmed with Silver Linings Playbook and the trailer for Catching Fire ) .

    I actually like the Amy Poehler casting. That would be perfect casting. Keep in mind, comedic actors/actresses are gifted dramatic thespians.

  • John | May 29, 2013 6:07 PM

    I agree, JLaw is so overrated. she is quite a bad actress.

  • Ebert | May 28, 2013 12:11 PM

    Not being a trained actress is the biggest advantage any actress could have. If you want theatrical, stay away from cinema, please.

    You also seem to have an absurd view of how one should deliver ones lines, for I can tell you right now that her best bit in Silver Linings Playbook, was how she delivered otherwise generic and cliched lines in a believable way. She knows how to use breaks, silences and timing perfectly as well.

    I don't know of any actress in Hollywood who delivers her lines as well as her, and that's the only reason why I bothered to reply to your comment the first one I have replied to after reading hundreds. I just disagree with you so much.

  • Slim Jenkins | May 27, 2013 2:59 PMReply

    correction-

    Hilary: Neoliberal Bureaucrat (in a Pantsuit This Time!)

    *critics "ohh ahh"-ing*

  • Bob Roberts | May 27, 2013 2:55 PMReply

    Rodham: Biopic of a Neoliberal Technocrat

    *critics slobbering*

  • guest | May 27, 2013 10:32 AMReply

    Why can't they get an experience actress who more or less resembles Clinton, Clinton doesn't look like any of these actresses. Even though the actress' that are considered to do the role are talented in their own ways, a normal looking actress not the most beautiful and sexiest actress is needed. They can all do the role of Monica Lewinksy but get an actress who's looks and fame won't overshadow the ability to portray Hilary Clinton. Then, everyone should say what people said about Meryl when she portrayed Thatcher. For me Diane Keaton more or less looks like her in this picture. Diane Keaton can play the adult Hilary Clinton while Michelle Williams or Renee Zellweger can play the younger Clinton.

  • Nope | May 27, 2013 9:37 AMReply

    Yawn.

  • MadeintheUSA | May 27, 2013 9:28 AMReply

    Scarlett and Hillary have similar facial features; but she doesn't have the acting chops to embody Mrs. Clinton. Amanda or Jessica will probably be casted. How about Amy Poehler? She looks young enough, she can do a great impersonation, and would be an interesting challenge from comedy to drama.

  • glenn | May 27, 2013 11:48 AM

    That will be great, and a challenge from comedy to drama i will love to see that, i igree with you, i hope jessica have the rol...... i don't think amanda is a good actress

  • No | May 27, 2013 11:21 AM

    Amy Poehler's name might subtract from the dramatic aspects of the story since she's a comedian. But it is an inspired choice and would challenge Poehler to expand. I think Johansson looks closer to Clinton than any of the other named actors, and I think she has has the chops to handle the role or be challenged by it.

  • Alex | May 27, 2013 9:23 AMReply

    Witherspoon would probably be the best out of these four but it would be slightly too meta after her performance in Election and would overshadow the film.

    I actually think Jennifer Lawrence would be the best person for the role. She doesn't look like Clinton which is almost an advantage because that frees her to actually play the role. She has a punchy likability that would suit this role perfectly.

    Scarlett is too sexy and her voice is too husky. Amanda Seyfried is too bland and too pure looking. Jessica Chastain is a great actress but she doesn't have the gravity of a movie star. As mentioned, Reese has the baggage of Election and is probably too old.

    In conclusion, Jennifer Lawrence.

  • roger | May 28, 2013 11:07 AM

    People, please, stop overrating Jennifer Lawrence. The poor girl is not a trained actress, and she is always wooden and she has problems delivering her lines ( that was confirmed with Silver Linings Playbook and the trailer for Catching Fire ) .

    I actually like the Amy Poehler casting. That would be perfect casting. Keep in mind, comedic actors/actresses are gifted dramatic thespians.

  • roger | May 28, 2013 11:01 AM

    People, please, stop overrating Jennifer Lawrence. The poor girl is not a trained actress, and she is always wooden and she has problems delivering her lines ( that was confirmed with Silver Linings Playbook and the trailer for Catching Fire ) .

    I actually like the Amy Poehler casting. That would be perfect casting. Keep in mind, comedic actors/actresses are gifted dramatic thespians.

  • Alex | May 27, 2013 9:50 PM

    During the 2008 primaries, people were busy making Hillary Clinton/Election mashups. In Election itself, Witherspoon played a type A, uppity, immoral, callous high schooler that almost seemed like a commentary on Clinton, or at least an exaggerated version of women like her. This was the best role Witherspoon has ever played because she definitely has a little bit of that psycho type A person within her. If Witherspoon were cast in this film, Hillary would either be a version of Tracy Flick, or the film would still be tied to Election based on the subject matter. Either way, the film would become part of something else, rather than being seen on its own terms. You also need to understand that Tracy Flick is Witherspoon's defining role that uniquely tapped into her own acting persona. The Ides of March was some middling political film made like 2 years ago by George Clooney, who isn't generally much of an 'actor' anyway. Big difference.

  • BEF | May 27, 2013 5:01 PM

    Sorry, I mean the best film that on an actress' credit list from 15 years ago.

  • BEF | May 27, 2013 5:00 PM

    I don't know that the best movie an actress has every made, and completed 15 years ago really counts as baggage; in re: Election ... Tracy Flick mentions Clinton in Election and how she wanted to be like her, in that regard I think that would actually be interesting. I'm pretty certain that Flick and Clinton would be different characters, and more dramatic. Your statement of baggage would be like saying that George Clooney should never portray a real life politician in a bio-pic because he played a fake senator in The Ides of March.

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