‘Rodham’ the movie: How to cast Hillary and Bill Clinton?

January 4, 2013

Vintage Bill and Hillary. Spoiler alert: She married him. (AP)

Are you ready for Hillary Clinton: the Chick Flick?

A screenplay dramatizing the secretary of state’s early career — when she was a young lawyer with the House Judiciary Committee, while Bill was getting started in Arkansas politics — is in development by Temple Hill Entertainment. Last month, “Rodham” was named the fourth-hottest unproduced script in the annual “Black List” poll of Hollywood execs. (Other Washington stories on the list: a thriller about a journalist investigating an Air Force One crash; a Joe McCarthy biopic; a couple of CIA dramas.) Screenwriter Young Il Kim told Politico this week that he was inspired by a photo of Clinton “when she was in her 20s with Coke-bottle glasses and long, hippie hair.”

Great, now let’s move on to the fun part: casting!

No names have yet been attached, so we are free to run wild with our purely speculative wish-lists. Bear in mind that Reese Witherspoon and Leo DiCaprio, etc., are already too old, sorry.


Emma Stone (Chris Pizzello)

Jennifer Lawrence, Kristen Stewart: Too young, don’t you think?

Emma Stone: Sure, why not? She’s in every other movie these days. And she has the gravitas of a young Rodham.

Ellen Page: The “Juno” star is an edgier pick, but we can totally see her do the stringy hair/big glasses thing.


Scarlett Johansson (Victoria Will/Invision/AP)

For Bill:


(Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Justin Timberlake: Southern, at least. Too skinny?

Chris Hemsworth: The guy who played “Thor” — definitely has presence.


Tom Hardy (Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

Tom Hardy: Fleshy-faced, flirtatious British actor, played Bane in “The Dark Knight Rises.” We’re getting closer here.

Fantasy long-shot pick:


Mamie Gummer and Ben Walker (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

UPDATE, Jan. 9: Readers suggest Elizabeth Olsen, Ryan Reynolds, an Australian guy you’ve never heard of.




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