It looks like Carey Mulligan got that 3 a.m. phone call. According to THR, Mulligan has become the front-runner to play Hillary Rodham Clinton in "Rodham." Scarlett Johansson, Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Chastain and Amanda Seyfried were among those actresses initially rumored as possibilities for the role in director James Ponsoldt's highly anticipated biopic. (Chastain, however, denied any involvement in an interview last week.)
Based on a script by Young Il Kim, "Rodham" focuses on the former Secretary of State's younger years, when she worked on the House Judiciary Committee during the Watergate scandal. (The House Judiciary Committee recommended that President Richard Nixon be impeached.) The film also tracks her burgeoning relationship with Bill Clinton, a role that has yet to be cast. The Daily Beast recently got its hands on the "Rodham" screenplay and reported that the onscreen version of Hillary swears frequently and has no trouble discussing her sex life with Bill. "[Our sex life] depends upon what the meaning of the word 'sex' means," Hillary says at one point. (A sly nod, perhaps, to this infamous moment.)
This is a big year for Mulligan, who recently appeared as Daisy Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann's hit film "The Great Gatsby," and also stars opposite Justin Timberlake and Oscar Isaac in the upcoming Coen brothers' film "Inside Llewyn Davis."