Scarlett Johansson and Reese Witherspoon in the running to star in Hillary Clinton biopic

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

Scarlett Johansson and Reese Witherspoon are in the running to star in an upcoming biopic of Hillary Rodham Clinton, former US Secretary of State and First Lady.

Zero Dark Thirty‘s Jessica Chastain and Les Misérables actress Amanda Seyfried are also being considered for the role, reports The Independent. Titled Rodham, the biopic will focus on Hillary’s younger years as a student and lawyer and subsequent rise in the world of politics.

James Ponsoldt has recently signed up to direct Rodham and told The Independent: “They’re all wonderful actresses. We’re very fortunate that a lot of really great actors are interested in playing these roles. 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. I want a wonderful actress who could embody that.”

The film’s script by up-and-coming screenwriter Young-il Kim was leaked earlier this month (May) and apparently features some surprisingly risqué 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.