Carey Mulligan emerges as favourite to star in Hillary Clinton biopic

'Rodham' will focus on Clinton's younger years as a student, lawyer and rising politician

Carey Mulligan has emerged as the favourite to star in an upcoming biopic of Hillary Rodham Clinton, former US Secretary of State and First Lady.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Great Gatsby actress is the producer’s first choice to play Clinton during her younger years as a student, lawyer and rising politician. Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Chastin and Reece Witherspoon have been linked to the role in the past, and sources close to production stress their names are still in the mix.

However, it is believed Mulligan will sit down with the film’s director James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now) to discuss the finer details of the contract in the coming weeks. Titled Rodham, the biopic will focus on Hillary’s formative years as a student and her subsequent rise in the world of politics.

The film’s script by up-and-coming screenwriter Young-il Kim was leaked last month (May) and apparently features some surprisingly risque moments, including one where Hillary and Bill, then her boyfriend, “devour each other” before Bill “buries his head into her cleavage”.

However, Kim has since played this down this aspect of the film’s script, telling The Daily Telegraph: “I didn’t write 50 Shades Of Rodham, as some news outlets are suggesting. I am a boring prude with little imagination.”

At present, it’s unknown if Rodham has secured full funding, but the makers are reportedly aiming for a 2016 release date to coincide with the next US Presidential campaign, in which Hillary Clinton could be a candidate.