Who will play Hillary Clinton?
May 27th, 2013
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Who will play Hillary Clinton?

(CNN) – Four of Hollywood's hottest young actresses are in the running for the political role of a lifetime: Hillary Clinton.

According to The Independent, Scarlett Johansson, Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Chastain and Amanda Seyfried are all up for the part of Clinton in the upcoming biopic "Rodham," which focuses on Clinton's time as a House Judiciary Committee lawyer in her twenties. She served as a counsel to the committee during the Watergate scandal.

"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," the film's director, James Ponsoldt, told the newspaper.

Johansson, who won a Tony in 2010, was a vocal supporter of then-candidate Barack Obama during the 2008 Democratic nominating process, when his top rival was Clinton. She also campaigned for Obama in 2012, and spoke at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

Witherspoon attended fundraising events for Obama in 2012. Many have compared Tracy Flick, the ambitious high school class president candidate that Witherspoon portrayed in the 1999 film "Election," to Hillary Clinton.

Chastain took a politically sensitive role in the 2012 film "Zero Dark Thirty," which was criticized for its portrayal of torture, as well as for the access to government officials its filmmakers were granted. Chastain earned an Oscar nomination for playing Maya, the driven CIA agent who helped locate Osama bin Laden.

Seyfried, who donated to Obama's 2012 campaign, appeared in last year's "Les Miserables" and also co-starred in "Mean Girls."

"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," Ponsoldt told The Independent. "I want a wonderful actress who could embody that."

There's no word yet on who will play Bill Clinton.


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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    "Peggy" Noonan ?

    She is a non biased actor pretending to be a writer , once the lab doggy for Ronald Reagan , and sweet kitty cat to GW Bush.

    Her sweet and sour , truthful feminist virtues would make her the best qualified to have the lead role as Hillary .

    Nobody would be as convincing as Peggy , she is the only one who new where the MD's where before they were moved !

    A true Goddess of virtue and arrogance , The Neocon call girl of the truth.

    Who will play Bill ?

    May 27, 2013 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  2. Thomas

    "Peggy" Noonan ?

    She is a non biased actor pretending to be a writer , once the lab doggy for Ronald Reagan , and sweet kitty cat to GW Bush.

    Her sweet and sour , truthful feminist virtues would make her the best qualified to have the lead role as Hillary .

    Nobody would be as convincing as Peggy , she is the only one who new where the WMD's were before they were moved !

    A true Goddess of virtue and arrogance , The Neocon call girl of the truth.

    Who will play Bill ?

    May 27, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  3. S.B. Stein

    So, who is writing this movie? This would be interesting if it was a mixed group (those that hated and loved her).

    May 27, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  4. ST

    Playing Hillary won't make much sense if she is paused to become the next POTUS. All of them (in the picture above), looks like grasshoppers, except that lady in the middle who really, really, really looks like Hillary.

    May 27, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    Why should it matter? There is nothing to justify any production about her. her entire claim to fame, was she handed out billions in foreign aid, with money we had to borrow.

    May 27, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  6. Tom1940

    I would much rather "Hillary" play "Hillary", particularly, that part of her life yet "unplayed" – the scenes of Hillary sitting home in the rocking chair, rocking grandbabies and letting the world go by. That is the part I believe should be her "next great role".

    May 27, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  7. Jo

    Someone who looks a bit like her would be good for a start.

    May 27, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  8. Laura

    Hillary is the most extraordinary leader of all times, so real and great at the same time.I'll love the actress to be Kate Winsley, she has a strong personality, resembles Hillary's eyebrows, and is beautiful as Hillary is!!

    May 27, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  9. yolanda

    Rosie O'Donnell has the same look......

    May 27, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  10. davecu

    Why a movie? Is there an election coming up?

    This has to be a work of fiction given all the answers she has yet to come forward with.
    What happened to the Whitewater papers?
    Why did she tell NY state that she would not run for president?
    Why is she still married to Bill when any self caring person would have walked?
    How did she make money in cattle futures?
    What, exactly, did she accomplish as Secretary State, besides travel?
    What qualifies her to be president?

    Personally, I won't waste MY money unless those questions are answered in the film.

    May 27, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  11. Jim

    I don't want some dictatorship government forcing me to buy what I can decide to do on my own.
    First health insurance; whats next? How about they tell you where you can work? And where you can live?
    They are starting to tell you already that money is unamericana if you earn too much.
    Wake the F Up already Amerika. The government is already prying into all areas of your life so they can control you like puppets.

    May 27, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  12. Peace

    I would like to ask those who want to play as Hillary might give themselves another thought and think of playing people who are never serious, like the lady from Alaska, BUT never think of playing someone who really mean business like Hillary.

    May 27, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  13. yerdarntootin

    Well – as long as they can play up Hillary's supper brainy goofy nerd side – dressing like a preppy in the 1990's as first lady, hairband and all, was just part of her camouflage – she is far more of an intriguing character than anyone gives her credit for – there is a real reason for her appeal.

    May 27, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  14. werewolf1

    How about Nancy Grace.

    May 27, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  15. dj

    They don't have anyone ugly enough in Hollywood to play that wicked old crone....

    May 27, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  16. Jaimie

    You have to be kidding. No thank you.

    May 27, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. Spof22

    I shared an office at CDF with HRC right after the period in the film. I think Jessica Chastain is best able to manifest her inner Hilary AT THAT AGE.

    May 27, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |