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Casting Watch: Is Carey Mulligan Best Choice for Hillary Clinton Biopic 'Rodham'? (POLL)

by Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
June 6, 2013 1:18 PM
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Carey Mulligan

British actress Carey Mulligan is reportedly the top choice to play Hillary Clinton in "Rodham," the indie biopic of the former first lady and secretary of state. Indie James Ponsoldt ("Smashed," "The Spectacular Now") is on board to direct the film, which is penned from a script by Young Il Kim that made the 2012 Blacklist.

A number of high-profile names had been rumored as in contention for the part -- including Americans Jessica Chastain, Scarlett Johansson, Amanda Seyfried and Emma Stone. For her part, Chastain took herself out of contention over the weekend, telling reporters at a Sound Of Change concert, "No, that’s actually not true. I found out about the project online, but, yeah, there’s a lot of stuff out there."

Hillary Clinton at Wellesley

The film focuses on Rodham's career as a young lawyer during President Richard Nixon's impeachment and, per THR, dealing with her "unresolved feelings for future president Bill Clinton."

While all these actresses have acting chops, most of them are too gorgeous. Mulligan keeps landing coveted roles like Daisy Buchanan because she impresses casting directors by coming in prepared with a take on her character; she's poised and mature beyond her 28 years. She's sharp. And beautiful, of course, but like Clinton, that's not what she's about.

On the other hand, I've never gotten out of my mind the little flip in Clinton's hip as she walked hand in hand with her husband onto the floor of the Democratic Convention the first time he was about to accept his party's nomination for president. Had they just had a clinch? Was this their crowning achievement? Probably a little of both.

Mulligan, who was nominated for an Oscar in 2010 for Lone Scherfig's "An Education," has enjoyed an up-and-up career path since then, recently starring in last month's global box office success "The Great Gatsby," along with the Coen brothers' buzzy Cannes crowdpleaser "Inside Llewyn Davis."

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  • Heather | June 6, 2013 5:13 PMReply

    Well she can finally put her old face to use. Seriously, she's the only person who can pass as both a 12 yr old and 65 yr old. I liked her in An Education but in Gatsby, she was so dead and just didn't exude Daisy's beauty. There were moments I was like "They're fighting for her?" I bet if she wins the part, then she'll be a runner for the Academy. You know how they looooooovvvee biopics even though a lot of people don't really care about it and eventually end up on those high school film showings. The movie is just made for the Academy to kiss them on their feet. I rather read someone's biography then watch a biopic where it's obviously exaggerated for dramatic purposes.

  • tyler4all | June 6, 2013 6:54 PM

    hahaha...."old face to use". I was gonna say 55 but yeah, she could also pass for a 65 yr old. I liked her in Drive, she looked her age but sometimes she just looks... old. I think Chastain would be better for this role. Who's gonna play Bill? Mulligan looks too small and frail. How about Anna Chlumsky? she looks good in "Veep".

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