The latest film news on the new Hilary Rodham Clinton biopic is that Carey Milligan looks like she’s in the lead to play the young Hillary Clinton in forthcoming film, Rodham, ahead of Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Chastain and Emma Stone, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Milligan is due to meet the film’s director James Ponsoldt, who directed The Spectacular Now, for talks. It has been reported that both sides are very keen to reach an agreement. The BAFTA Award-winning British star of An Education and recently of the blockbuster The Great Gatsby is said to be the producers’ top choice. But that doesn’t necessarily guarantee that the 28 year-old actress will be cast in the role as there are still other actors who are being considered for the role of young Hilary Clinton.
Screenwriter Young Il Kim’s drama, which was given a nod on the 2012 Black List of the best unproduced screenplays, centres on the future first lady and US secretary of state as she moves between her legal career and the attentions of a charming young suitor, Bill Clinton from Hope, Arkansas in the 1970s. It gives us a closer look at her decisions as to where her loyalties will ultimately lie.
The synopsis of Rodham reads, “During the height of the Watergate scandal, rising star Hillary Rodham is the youngest lawyer chosen for the house judiciary committee to impeach Nixon, but she soon finds herself forced to choose between a destined path to the White House and her unresolved feelings for Bill Clinton, her former boyfriend who now teaches law in Arkansas.”
Carey Mulligan got great reviews for her appearance as Daisy Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann’s lavish 3D remake of The Great Gatsby and she will soon be seen in the Coen brothers’ Grand Prix award winning Cannes film festival hit Inside Llewyn Davis.
If the role of the young Hilary Clinton is going to Carey Mulligan, the 28 year-old actress can add another film on to her list of prestigious productions that she’s already worked in. But none of them so far, has had the type of publicity that the new Rodham film’s been generating.
It appears that, according to publicity at any rate, that the biopic Rodham was at the centre of some controversy last month when it was learned that the film was being primed to tie in with its subject, Hilary Clinton’s much predicted return to the 2016 presidential race.
Deadline said the biopic would be released to coincide with the 2016 primaries. Hillary Clinton, who lost out to Barack Obama in the 2008 Democratic contest to run for the presidency, is considered a favourite to stand for the Democratic party again in three years’ time.
Carey Hannah Mulligan is an English actress from Great Britain and she is often referred to as a British actress by the overseas press. She made her film debut playing Kitty Bennet in the 2005 Pride & Prejudice. She has worked in several British television programs such as Doctor Who, Bleak House, and Northanger Abbey. In 2008, she made her Broadway debut in the revival of Chekhov’s The Seagull to critical acclaim.
In 2009, she was noticed by the world’s film fans when she played Jenny in the English film, An Education. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the film and she did win the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role She was also nominated for a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award. She has gone on to star in The Greatest, Never Let Me Go, Drive, Shame, The Great Gatsby, and Inside Llewyn Davis.
So Carey Mulligan looks like a pretty safe bet to play the in the new Hilary Clinton film, Rodham, as the younger Clinton when it finally gets cast. There are other just as talented and award festooned actresses still in the running, but right now at least, she appears to be the “odd’s on” favourite.
By Michael Smith