Chastain, Johansson, Witherspoon, and Seyfried Eyed to Play Young Hillary Clinton in RODHAM

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Last month, we reported that The Spectacular Now director James Ponsoldt would helm Rodham.  Per the synopsis, “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.”  Since playing a famous person in a drama is a prime recipe for netting an Oscar, it’s a role that’s ripe to net an A-list actress.

Today, The Independent reports that Jessica Chastain, Scarlett Johansson, Reese Witherspoon, and Amanda Seyfriend have emerged as “frontrunners” to play the title role.  I put “frontrunners” in quotations because these actresses are probably high on every list for most projects.  Ponsoldt commented, “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.”  Of course, once the role of Rodham has been cast, we can rev up the speculation machine on who will play a young Bill Clinton.




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  • Matt

    I guess Seyfried has been fortunate to have a skill set that’s gotten her some enviable roles, because she’s not in the same league as these other actresses. I can’t see Reese Witherspoon in this role, but we haven’t seen much of her in recent years so it may be difficult to speak to her ability. Chastain has certainly done some fantastic work but I really think Johansson is the perfect fit of the actresses mentioned. She seems capable of capturing Clinton’s chilliness, while making her three dimensional in a way that we really have not seen in public.

    Unless someone completely messes this movie up, it really should lead to a nomination for anyone who gets the role.

    • Old Soldier

      The fact this movie is about Mrs Clinton a best actress and best picture are locked in and won already. Unless it’s competitor is about someone “coming out”. Then Hollywood will be torn between the two.

      • Mitchell Forst

        Agreed. This film is basically going to be a two hour long campaign ad designed to show us what a wonderful woman she is. Too bad for her she lied under oath about Benghazi. There is no coming back from that in 2016.

  • ThisGuy

    Google “young hillary rodham” and from a purely physical resemblance standpoint, Seyfried is the obvious choice. No one currently thinks of her in the same class as the others on this list, but maybe her Deepthroat movie changes some minds.

  • -

    Seyfried is probably the most alike of the four, but none of them look very much like Clinton. They’re all way too pretty.
    Chastain’s the best of them, though.

  • Emma

    Brie Larson would make a perfect younger Hillary Clinton.

  • jackjakc

    Meryl Streep should play young and old Hillary, she even could play Billy, that would be simply Hilarious. though, I’m bit dissapointed that S.Spielberg won’t direct it.

  • Keith

    If I never hear about a Clinton (or Bush or Kennedy) again it will be too soon.

  • Edward_U

    Reese Witherspoon? Really? Scarlett Johansson looks–and sounds—nothing like Hillary, at all. Same with Jessica Chastain, as talented as she is. Amanda Seyfried is the best choice. She looks the most like the younger Hillary.

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