Hillary Rodham Clinton was 27 in 1974. So who would play the young Hillary in a movie set in that era? Reese Witherspoon and Jessica Chastain are probably ruled out by the fact that they are 36 and 35 respectively. An option that may initially seem irreverent but is not illogical is Scarlett Johansson, who turns 29 this November.
Johansson would need to accrue some authority and gravitas and deepen her husky voice to play the title role of the mooted movie “Rodham.” Her Tony-winning stint as the virginal Catherine in 2010’s “A View From the Bridge” and her willingless to look ordinary in “We Bought a Zoo” — if not her va-va-voom (albeit polished) Janet Leigh in “Hitchcock” — indicate she has moved away from espousing sex appeal as her prime attribute.
It’s revealing that she has mentioned taking some out of the heat out of Maggie during her upcoming run in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” at the Richard Rodgers Theater. “Once I wanted to work again, I wanted to start playing adults — tough women who knew what it took to survive,” she said, referring to her relatively low-key last few years, in a recent interview with the New York Times.
Although at 5’ 3”, Johansson is four inches shorter than the outgoing Secretary of State, their faces have a similar shape. Without getting into the thorny issue of Johansson-as-Hillary’s likely allure for Bill Clinton, I refer interested readers to a biorhythm chart that analyzes the “Compatability of Scarlett Johannsson with Hillary Clinton.”
On December 17, “Rodham” landed in fourth position on the 2012 Blacklist of unproduced screenplays best-liked by Hollywood executives. Written by Young Il Kim, a 39-year-old former venture capitalist from South Korea, it appeared on the list with the following synopsis:
“During the height of the Watergate scandal, rising star Hillary Rodham is the youngest lawyer chosen for the House Judiciary Committee to Impeach Nixon, but she soon finds herself forced to choose between a destined path to the White House and her unresolved feelings for Bill Clinton, her former boyfriend who now teaches law in Arkansas.”
“There’s this incredible irony that she worked on the impeachment process that was used against her husband [in 1998-99],” Kim told POLITICO. “But [the screenplay’s] also really a 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.”
Images: Top: Actress Scarlett Johansson speaks on stage during the final day of the Democratic National Convention/Streeter Lecka/Getty Images, Left: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton/ Mark Wilson/Getty Images
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