When the Hillary Clinton biopic 'Rodham' was first announced, there was a lot of internal competition among actresses to get the lead role. Director James Ponsoldt reportedly tested several A-list actresses for the lead role, including Scarlett Johansson, Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Chastain, and Amanda Seyfried. However, it looks like Carey Mulligan has shot to the top of the pack as the director's first choice to play Hillary 'Rodham' Clinton.
Although Chastain denied involvement, it's easy to see why the role would be such a draw for major actresses. There is a dearth of well-written parts for females in Hollywood, and biopics are almost a sure-fire way to get Oscar buzz if done right. Landing a role of this magnitude would be a huge boon to any actresses' resume.
The script of 'Rodham' basically focuses on Hilary's younger years, when she was supposedly working on the House Judiciary Committee during the Watergate scandal. The film's also said to focus on her growing relationship with Bill Clinton, which is also sure to become a hot role for any young actor out there.
If Mulligan does get the part, which looks like it will be the case, then it will just add to her list of growing accomplishments in 2013. She most recently starred in 'The Great Gatsby', which opened big and is continuing to do well. She has also picked up Oscar buzz for the Coen brothers 'Inside Llewyn Davis', and now she has a hot biopic role that a lot of other actresses were chasing.