Fresh off her turn as Daisy Buchanan in “The Great Gatsby,” the Oscar nominated Brit is reportedly the top contender for another very American role — a Watergate-era Hillary Rodham.
The biopic called “Rodham” focuses on a twenty-six year old Hillary (think striped pants, stringy hair, and enormous glasses) as she finds herself torn between her Washington ambitions and her boyfriend who teaches law in Arkansas.
Mulligan is reportedly meeting with the film’s director, James Ponsoldt (“Smashed,” “The Spectacular Now”), asap. And the project is apparently being fast tracked so that it can be released smack in the midst of the 2016 presidential election cycle which very well may include Hillary as a candidate.
The Twitterverse has been rife with casting suggestions. Some plausible. Some more along the lines of wishful thinking. The film’s screenwriter Young Il Kim even took to Twitter to say, “Please stop suggesting Meryl Streep, bloggers. That will not happen.”
Mulligan may be the frontrunner, but she’s not the only name on the short list. Click through this slideshow to see the others.
Jennifer Lawrence 1 of 7
The 22-year-old Oscar winner is back in Katniss Everdeen mode at the moment and she has a pretty full slate when she's done. Something about her seems too "cool" for the part.
Scarlett Johansson 2 of 7
Too sexy. That voice! I can't quite imagine Johansson pulling off the role although some reports have her actively vying for the job.
Jessica Chastain 3 of 7
From a CIA analyst in "Zero Dark Thirty" to the future Secretary of State? Maybe. Maybe not. The 36-year-old keeps being included in the mix even though she's denied interest.
Emma Stone 4 of 7
She's perfected the lovable awkward heroine, but unless there are some seriously comedic moments to "Rodham," it doesn't seem like the best use of Stone's strengths.
Reese Witherspoon 5 of 7
Is there any way for the mom of three to play someone involved in politics without conjuring up memories of Tracy Flick? Exactly.
Amanda Seyfried 6 of 7
It's hard to imagine Seyfried in "coke-bottle glasses" the way Kim describes Hillary in the film.
Amy Poehler 7 of 7
Just kidding. But wouldn't that be amazing? Poehler did a great Hillary on SNL. If only we could go back in time.
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