Carey Mulligan Passes On Hillary Clinton Biopic Rodham
It looks like Carey Mulligan won't have to prime up her American accent again after all. Last week we heard reports that said that the Oscar-nominated ingenue was the frontrunner for the title role in the upcoming Hillary Clinton biopic Rodham, but apparently things have fallen apart in the time since.
Despite the fact that the initial report said that both Mulligan and the production were eager to make a deal work out, The Hollywood Reporter has learned from a source that Mulligan has decided to pass on the film. Interestingly, there doesn't seem to be any strict reasoning behind why she wouldn't take the part. The trade says that the actress was officially offered the lead part after a meeting with director James Ponsoldt last week, but turned it down because she is "not prepared to commit to the role at this time." Is that a scheduling conflict? Does she have a problem with the script? It's hard to say.
Set long before her time as the nation's First Lady, a New York Senator or the Secretary of State, the film is set back during the 1970s and the infamous Watergate scandal. At the time Hillary Rodham was a lawyer who was serving on the House Judiciary Committee that made the decision whether or not to impeach President Richard Nixon.
Prior to Mulligan's name coming out,Reese Witherspoon, Amanda Seyfried, Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Chastain were also rumored for the film, though Chastain was quoted after that story broke saying that she wouldn't be involved with the movie.
While Mulligan won't be starring in Rodham, she does have a solid upcoming slate. This December she will be seen playing the female lead in the Coen brothers' hotly-anticipated Inside Llewyn Davis. She is also attached to star in the James Marsh-directed thriller Hold On To Me with Robert Pattinson; and Far From The Madding Crowd, the new drama from director Thomas Vinterberg.
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