English actress Carey Mulligan is rumored to be the front-runner to play Hillary Rodham Clinton in a biopic of the former first lady and secretary of state.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, "The Great Gatsby" actress is said to be producers Temple Hill and The Arlook Group's top choice to play the lead in "Rodham" and is expected to soon meet with director James Ponsoldt.
The indie drama focuses on Rodham as the youngest lawyer on the House judiciary committee to impeach President Richard Nixon who must choose between a destined path to the White House and her unresolved feelings for a charming young suitor from Arkansas, future president Bill Clinton.
The screenplay by Young Il Kim was included on the 2012 Black List of the best unproduced screenplays before receiving the green light.
But Mulligan, 28, who was nominated for a best actress Oscar for her breakout role in "An Education," isn't the only actress in the running.
"We're very fortunate that a lot of really great actors are interested in playing these roles," Ponsoldt told UK newspaper The Sunday Times last month about both on-screen Clintons. "We're in an enviable position."
"Regardless of people's political affiliation or how they feel about Hillary Clinton, you don't find people who question the quality of her intelligence or her drive," he added. "I want a wonderful actress who could embody that."
Click through to see a list of the actresses besides Mulligan rumored to play Hillary Rodham Clinton.
No stranger to political dramas, Jessica Chastain, who received a best actress Oscar nod for her role as a CIA analyst who helps capture Osama bin Laden, has been floated as a possibility to play Clinton. But she recently tried to set the record straight. "No, that's actually not true," the 36-year-old actress told reporters last weekend. "I found out about the project online, but, yeah, there's a lot of stuff out there."
Chastain's co-star in "The Help," Emma Stone is another rumored candidate for the role. The 24-year-old actress is known perhaps more for her comedic chops but she has played a number of romantic leads in films such as "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "Crazy, Stupid, Love." As aspiring writer Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan in "The Help," Stone showed she's not afraid to get political.
Scarlett Johansson would have no trouble filling the former New York senator's shoes. The 28-year-old actress, who is among those being considered, has plenty of experience with real-life politics, stumping for John Kerry during the 2004 presidential election and President Obama for both presidential campaigns.
Among the list of actresses reportedly vying for the role, Reese Witherspoon is the only one to have actually snagged an Oscar playing June Carter Cash in the Johnny Cash biopic "Walk the Line." At least playing Clinton, she'd have the opportunity to consult with the former secretary of state. June Carter Cash had already died when Witherspoon, 37, took on the role.
With films like "Chloe" and "Les Miserables" on her resume, Amanda Seyfried, 27, has demonstrated both acting and singing chops. Add to the plus category for this potential candidate her first star turn in a biopic. Seyfried will play porn star Linda Lovelace in the upcoming "Lovelace."