Getting cast as the young Hillary Clinton in the pre-Election Day 2016 biopic Rodham should be the role of a lifetime for Hollywood's young A-listers, but portraying any version of a likely presidential candidate might just be too daunting a task. The Hollywood Reporter's Borys Kit reported last night that Carey Mulligan, the Brit thought to be the frontrunner for the role, has passed on it. She is not alone.
Though it's been reported that actresses were clamoring for the role, there now seems to be something of a backlash. Jessica Chastain denied that she was going to take on the part, while Sneider explained that Jennifer Lawrence's schedule was too full. In fact, some of the buzz about all those actresses could perhaps be traced backed the director of the project, James Ponsoldt. In a Sunday Times interview he said of Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Chastain, Reese Witherspoon, and Scarlett Johansson: "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."
So perhaps there might be some posturing going on. Katie Roberts at Moviefone cast doubt on whether any of these actresses were exactly eager for the role. Sure, the Clinton on display in Rodham sounds like a juicy part: She curses and has sexy time with Bill—indeed, he "buries his head into her cleavage," according to a version of the Black List-approved script leaked to The Daily Beast. But taking it on is almost like giving yourself a role in a political campaign. Something an actress may not want if her performance is going to be at all appreciated on its own merits.