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.
The filmmakers are attempting to do something rather ballsy with this movie. According to The Wrap's Jeff Sneider the idea is to "mobile" the film ready to ahead of a 2016 presidential run. (You know, assuming Clinton runs.) That would put Rodham in the interesting position of possibly having a very direct effect on a political race, while also trying to accomplish something creatively. This isn't The Queen, which documented an in-power monarch, who wasn't going to go anywhere anyway. It's not quite Primary Colors, which unlike its source material debuted well after an election year, with Emma Thompson as the last leading lady to portray Hillary Clinton on the big screen. Nor is it even Zero Dark Thirty, which stayed away from portraying the president directly in an election year, even though the release date was pushed back beyond Election Day. An actress in the lead role as Hillary now could potentially be blamed for her choices by either side of the aisle, and by Hollywood for an Oscar grab turned instant controversy.