The AE Casting Couch: 5 actresses who should be up for the role of Hillary in “Rodham”

Casting has officially begun for the Hillary Clinton biopic Rodham, with rumors swirling around which Hollywood actress will play Clinton in the film. (Our own Ali Davis offered to dye her hair if she could get an audition for the part.) Reese Witherspoon, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Chastain and Scarlett Johansson are all supposedly being considered for the role as the former Secretary of State. These are extremely talented women, but, in my opinion, not right for the coveted role. (If Johansson gets the part I’m moving to Antarctica, though I’m not sure what good that would do.)

Rodham will focus on “the former first lady’s early years, chronicling her days as a Washington lawyer in 1974 at the height of the Watergate scandal.” I stand by my original casting choice of Nurse Jackie’s Merritt Wever. Wever is a stellar actress and certified scene-stealer. She recently guest starred on Fox’s New Girl and acted circles around everyone else. Plus, check out the uncanny resemblance between Wever and a young Clinton!


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Wever can even play Clinton in her later years.


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But since I’m a reasonable person, I’m willing to negotiate on my casting selection. Here are a few other women who I believe could do justice to the part of the legendary Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Emmy-nominated Mad Men actress Elisabeth Moss. Moss is no stranger to working in a male-dominated field as seen in her portrayal as Peggy Olson AMC’s Mad Men. Plus Moss starred as President Bartlet’s daughter Zoey on NBC’s West Wing so she knows her way around the White House.


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Four-time Academy Award nominee Amy Adams. Adams combines likeability with a rustic realness to her work.


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Four-time Golden Globe winner Claire Danes. Danes already knows all the political jargon thanks to her role on Homeland.


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My dark horse casting selection is Lena Dunham. Whether you love or hate HBO’s Girls, you have to admit Dunham is a force to be reckoned with. The comedic and dramatic actress is also a writer and sometimes director on her award winning series and she has no problem taking charge, a quality any Clinton hopeful must posses. And obviously, if Dunham gets the role I must insist there be a no nudity policy in her contract. Hillary Clinton would not wear a mesh business suit!


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Rodham will most likely garner a lot of buzz and might even receive award nominations since Clinton’s life is so intriguing and Hollywood loves to give honors to biopics. I’m crossing my fingers that the film doesn’t turn into a hot mess of a Lifetime movie a la Liz and Dick.

Who would you cast as a young Hillary Clinton?

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