Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Chastain Among the Contenders to Play Real-Life Superhero Hillary Clinton
by Rebecca Pahle | 12:55 pm, May 27th, 2013
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 Chastain, Reese 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)