Hillary Clinton Biopic Targets Timely Release During 2016 Election

Kara Warner
Senior Reporter
Movie Talk

As difficult as it is to get a movie made in Hollywood these days, if it's not superhero-themed with franchise potential that is, two things that will get your unproduced screenplay on the fast track are if it lands on the prestigious "Black List" of best unproduced screenplays and if it contains political intrigue of a timely nature.

Luckily for screenwriter and relative newcomer Young Il Kim, his script "Rodham," has both of those things. The movie, which revolves around the future First Lady and Secretary of State's early career in law and then politics in the late 1970s, as well as how her relationship with Bill Clinton affected the direction of that career, just landed director James Ponsoldt fresh off his buzzworthy work on "The Spectacular Now," and a 2016 release date.

Deadline reports that the decision-makers involved with the film are hoping to release it right around the time that the primaries start heating up before the November election in 2016. According to The Wrap, which broke the news of Ponsoldt's hiring, the film's producers (Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen at Temple Hill, who also produced the "Twilight" franchise) plan to attach an actress to the project before shopping it around to studios for financing.

For all the back and forth and speculative reports in the media, the film's writer seems to be maintaining an air of cautious and sometimes humorous optimism, at least from what we gather via his Twitter feed.

"Poor @jamesponsoldt who must now endure all my bad jokes," Kim Tweeted when the news broke, to which Ponsoldt replied with his own excitement: "Can't wait!" he wrote.

Kim did have one serious note to his followers and speculators about which actress definitely will not be considered for the meaty and possibly award-worthy role: "Please stop suggesting Meryl Streep, bloggers," he said. "That will not happen."

So let the casting rumors begin! Which actresses should be considered for the gig? Keeping in mind the fact that the film begins during its subject's early-to-mid-20s.