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Mulligan most likely to play Clinton Actress best fit for ‘Rodham’ role

LOS ANGELES, June 6, (RTRS): The juicy role of Hillary Clinton in James Ponsoldt’s indie biopic “Rodham” is Carey Mulligan’s to lose and has been for several weeks now, numerous individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap.
Despite previous reports that actresses such as Jessica Chastain and Scarlett Johansson were vying for coveted role, the decision has always been between Mulligan and Jennifer Lawrence.
Back in April when TheWrap first reported that Ponsoldt would be directing the film, insiders close to “Rodham” said that if Lawrence wanted to play Clinton, the producers would have a hard time turning her down considering the fact that she’s coming off an Oscar win for “Silver Linings Playbook” and her box office prowess is only growing.
However, Lawrence has a very full schedule and the producers are hoping to mobilize “Rodham” so it will be ready for release before her expected 2016 presidential campaign.
Mulligan has always been viewed as the best fit for the role, and when the project went out to other directors before Ponsoldt signed on, an insider said that the screenplay came with a note saying Mulligan was officially attached to star.


Interested
Mulligan has read the script and is very interested in the lead role, having already met with some of the producers to informally discuss the project, according to sources. The next step is to meet Ponsoldt, who is eager to work with rising starlet Mulligan.
Written by up-and-coming screenwriter Young Il Kim, “Rodham” placed fourth on the 2012 Black List. Set during the height of the Watergate scandal, the story follows rising star Hillary Rodham, the youngest lawyer chosen for the House Judiciary Committee to Impeach Nixon, who finds herself forced to choose between a destined path to the White House and her unresolved feelings for former boyfriend Bill Clinton, who is teaching law in Arkansas.


Kim previously described the film to Politico as the “journey of a woman who was torn between her personal desires and her professional ambition - both literally pulled her thousands of miles apart, because Bill did not want to leave Arkansas, and she did not want to leave Washington, D.C.”
Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen are producing for Temple Hill Entertainment (“The Twilight Saga”) along with Richard Arlook of the Arlook Group.
Those familiar with “Rodham” tell TheWrap that producers have planned to attach an actress to the project before shopping it to studios and independent financiers. The media often decries the lack of strong female roles for Hollywood’s young actresses, though industry executives who have read the script claim it offers a potentially award-winning role for one lucky ingenue.
Mulligan, who recently earned mixed reviews for her portrayal of Daisy Buchanan in “The Great Gatsby,” will soon be seen in the Coen brothers’ folk music tale “Inside Llewyn Davis.” She’s repped by CAA.
 


To the distress of history teachers, the Cuban Missile Crisis was a pivotal plot point in “X-Men: First Class,” which brought suprpowered mutants into the historic standoff.
Another painful chapter in American history will apparently be part of the next “X-Men” film: Based on photos director Bryan Singer tweeted Tuesday in Los Angeles, it would appear that President Richard Nixon and the Vietnam War will be referenced in the upcoming superhero film.
Singer, who has used his Twitter feed to tease casting and set photos throughout production, shared shots of a crowd of flag-wavers with the message “Good Morning Vietnam!!!” along with another image of Nixon in an Oval Office confab. The Nixon discussion was described by Singer as “a pivotal meeting.”
“X-Men: Days of Future Past” hits theaters on July 18, 2014.
 


J.J. Abrams is about to enter another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous ... well, you probably know the rest.
“Person of Interest” producer Abrams is adapting “The Twilight Zone” creator Rod Serling’s final, unproduced screenplay, “The Stops Along the Way,” an individual familiar with the project told TheWrap on Wednesday in Los Angeles.
No plot details are available, but Abrams’ Bad Robot production company secured the rights for the script, which will be shopped via Bad Robot’s overall deal with Warner Bros. Television.
In addition to the CBS series “Person of Interest,” Abrams’ television projects include the upcoming series “Believe” for NBC and the android-cop offering “Almost Human” for Fox — not to mention his big-screen projects, which include directing the next installment of the revived “Star Wars” franchise.
Serling is best known for “The Twilight Zone” — which originally aired on CBS from 1959 to 1964 but was twice revived on television and adapted into a feature film — but he also wrote and produced numerous other television and feature-film screenplays, including “Planet of the Apes,” “Requiem for a Heavyweight” and “Rod Serling’s Night Gallery.”
 

Ben Affleck will follow up his Oscar-winning “Argo” work by stretching his villainous muscles as an offshore gambling kingpin in “Runner, Runner.”
The high-stakes drama marks a departure for Affleck, who usually gets to wear the white hat even when engaging in criminality in films like “The Town.”
It pits him against Justin Timberlake, who at 32 looks a bit long-in-the-tooth to be playing a Princeton whiz kid who loses his tuition money playing online poker.
Timberlake finds himself seduced by Affleck’s luxurious lifestyle and starts working for the big man himself, but being his protege comes with the risk of being fed to the crocodiles.
“The house always wins,” Affleck reminds Timberlake at one point in the trailer.
“Runner, Runner” is directed by “The Lincoln Lawyer” director Brad Furman and co-stars Gemma Arterton (“Quantum of Solace”) and Anthony Mackie (“The Hurt Locker”). It hits theaters on Sept 27.
 

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