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Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Chastain Among the Contenders to Play Real-Life Superhero Hillary Clinton

Rodham will follow former Secretary of State/Senator/first lady/gift to the world (though that last one isn’t former) Hillary Clinton during her early lawyering days, when she “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.” The movie already has a screenwriter and a director, and now The Independent has named a several actresses who are reportedly being considered for the title role.

In addition to Scarlett Johansson and Jessica ChastainReese Witherspoon and Amanda Seyfried are reportedly being considered. Said director James Ponsoldt:

“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.”

No offense to the others, but I’m going to have to vote for Chastain on this one. Intelligence and drive just about defined her role in Zero Dark Thirty. Though I wouldn’t be upset about Black Widow herself, and Witherspoon is a great actress when she has the right material. Seyfried… I’m not convinced. Sorry.

There’s also an interesting quote from screenwriter Young il-Kim, who was asked whether Rodham would contain sex scenes after the script, which apparently has “erotic scenes” in it, was leaked last month. Odd focus for a question, but OK. Said il-Kim:

“It’s an evolving process so I don’t know. She was an attractive 26-year-old with an amazing future. And that’s our thematic focus.”

Which is a little odd, the “attractive” bit, right? But I’m willing to give Kim the benefit of the doubt because I don’t even know what kind of stuff would spew out of my mouth if someone ever interviewed me. I’m a writer, dammit, not a public speaker.

So anyway. Jessica Chastain.  Make it so.

(via: Digital Spy)

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  • Anonymous

    Chastain, definitely. She’s the only one listed who I think has the “grit” to play Clinton.

  • Anonymous

    …when she “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.”

    Finally, a movie about a female lawyer who has to choose between love and her career!

  • Brian

    Hillary and Bill had the best ’70s clothes.

  • Charlotte Van Zee

    Given how much shit Hilary has received for being “ugly” I’m kind of okay with her being described as an attractive young woman as an f’you to the meme. Jessica Chastain would be a good choice, but if I were casting on appearances only then Scarlett Johanssen is a closer physical match. We haven’t really seen her in roles that don’t have some focus on her physical attractiveness, but neither did Halle Berry or Charlize Theron and they turned in some amazing work when presented with the opportunity (Monster’s Ball and Monster).

    What would be interesting to me is to see how/if the very ambitious Hillary influenced Bill to run. My grandmother was there for the convention when he was nominated, and it pretty much came out of left field.

  • Anonymous

    Seyfried is the only one of the four listed that I can’t quite see getting a handle on the role (not a knock against her personally, just not quite right for the role). Chastain is one of those actresses that I’m ok casting in ALL DA ROLES EVAR. Though the synopsis is a little wonky, I think there certainly is an interesting story there about personal ambition vs. societal expectations.

  • DarthBetty

    The only problem is scar jo has no acting props. She’s had some opportunity to show emotion, I think (not saying she hasn’t been objectified)

  • DarthBetty

    Romantic bullshit movie..vs okay guys give it a chance but. I kinda want a movie about Clinton being a ruthless movie villain who pulls all the strings and laughs in the face of danger and beats people up the in street…but then again, that’s just how I see Clinton in my imagination. I mean that positively believe it or not. Also possibly, she becomes cybernetic and saves an important dignitary’s life. Just an idea.

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  • Joe Fiore

    ‘Real life superhero’?? Geeze, our standards in superheroes sure have fallen hard. Will this be a Hollywood fluff piece, or will they just gloss over her disgraceful covering up of the Benghazi attack? Oh we’ll, as Hilary would say, ‘what difference does it make??’ She’s a total disgrace.

  • Aeryl

    Enlighten me Joe, tell me what she did, cuz all I’m seeing is all smoke and no fire.