Whether or not Hillary Clinton will run for president in 2016 is still up in the air, but the screenplay about her early years that seemed to be getting some traction this winter seems like a definite go. The flick called Rodham supposedly focuses on how Hill juggled the the pressures of her job (working to impeach Richard Nixon as the youngest attorney at the Justice Department) with her budding romance with an ambitious guy from Arkansas (a would-be politician named Bill Clinton). Awesome. But what we really want to know is who is going to play the former Secretary of State in her formative years?
Well, The Hollywood Reporter claims to have the answer to that, and the lucky actress may likely be none other than ...
Carey Mulligan, the English actress currently starring in Baz Luhrmann's take on The Great Gatsby and who got critical acclaim for her performance in An Education opposite Peter Sarsgaard a few years back. Most likely because she has perfectly coiffed blonde hair. Grrreat.
Lazy-ass Hollywood strikes again. "Who's that pretty young blonde actress with all the hype for the Gatsby flick this summer? Yeah, she'd be good!" For one, I'm a total Anglophile, truly, but I kinda hate when they cast a Brit for an all-American role. It's like, you're telling me there are no American born actresses who can better portray an American icon like Hillary? (By the way, remember, lots of Bridget Jones fans were peeved when an American, Renee Zellweger, was cast in the leading role -- and that wasn't even a story about politics or government!)
Furthermore, I'm not a fan of typecasting, but Mulligan seems too innocent, soft-spoken, sweet, naive, etc. to play a young, driven, whip-smart, tough, pragmatic, outspoken, self-possessed Yale-trained lawyer.
The other actresses buzzed about for the part included Emma Stone and Scarlett Johansson. The former seems like an incredible choice, based just on personality and acting ability. ScarJo would be slightly less desirable, because let's be honest, no one wants to see her all made up to look like a young, dorky Hill. Jessica Chastain has also been floated as a possibility, but meh ... I feel like that's only because she has strawberry blonde hair. Ugh.
Why are these film producers so shortsighted? I'm sure there are other actresses out there who could do a 27-year-old Hillary far more justice. But instead, it sounds like we'll probably get stuck with someone whose more hype than substance. Annoying. But yeah, whenever it premieres, I'll still see it.
Who do you think should play Hillary Rodham Clinton in this flick?
Image via Clinton Family Historical Collection