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

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood June 6, 2013 at 1:18PM

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. James Ponsoldt ("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.
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Carey Mulligan
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
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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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.