Even though we're more than three years away from the next presidential election, the casting buzz has picked up for the Hillary Clinton biopic Rodham. The film chronicles Clinton's early years as a lawyer and "her unresolved feelings for Bill Clinton, her former boyfriend who teaches law in Arkansas."
The film has a screenwriter and a director attached and over the weekend, The Independent revealed four actresses who could be up for the part.
Director James Ponsoldt said, "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. 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."
So who are these "wonderful actresses" that are up for the role? Let's take a look.
Why She's a Candidate: Chastain bring instant awards buzz. Having earned Oscar nominations for two consecutive years, this film could very easily pave the way for a third nomination. Keep in mind, this film will most likely be hitting theaters around November 2016 and could benefit from political fervor, much like Lincoln did last year. By now we know about Chastain's dramatic acting skills having appeared in movies like Zero Dark Thirty, The Help, Lawless and Take Shleter. If I had to pick anyone from these four, my money would be on Chastain.
Why She's a Candidate: She may be known for her Black Widow role from the Marvel Universe, but before she was kicking butt on screen, Johansson racked up four Golden Globe nominations in three consecutive years, including two in 2004 for Lost in Translation and Girl with a Pearl Earring. Casting her also brings you instant credibility and a wider audience range and awareness for the film, which is sure to have political detractors.
Why She's a Candidate: Before she was caught on tape being belligerent with a state trooper and declaring that she was, "a U.S. citizen and [am] allowed to stand on American ground," Witherspoon was one of the few actresses in Hollywood commanding a top tier paycheck. She also picked up an Oscar for her portrayal of another famous woman, June Cash, in the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line. This role could help her resurrect her career, which has seen a series of box office duds including How Do You Know, Water for Elephants and This Means War. Witherspoon currently stars in a supporting role in Mud, currently in theaters.
Why She's a Candidate: Seyfried is one of the most promising and sought after young talents working in movies. That could be the very reason that she would pass on this role. Her schedule is packed with films currently in pre-production and likely to go in front of the cameras throughout 2014 and 2015. Seyfried also has biopic experience with her turn as porn star turned activist Linda Lovelace in Lovelace, which debuted earlier this year at Sundance.
Which of these four actresses would you choose to play a young Hillary Clinton? Seyfried and Witherspoon certainly have the look of a young Hillary, but, as stated above, Chastain is something of an acting chameleon who could really give this film a shot at the 2017 Oscars. Yes, I just mentioned the Oscars four years from now.
Some big names missing from the early contenders include Emma Stone, Natalie Portman, Alison Brie and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, whom director Ponsoldt recently directed in the critically acclaimed Smashed.
Sound off below on which actress you like or if there's another actress you'd add in for consideration.
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Claire Danes would be a great choice!
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