NBC is jumping on the Hillary Clinton biopic train, announcing Saturday that it will be producing a four-hour miniseries based on the last 15 years of Clinton's life and career.
"The script will begin with Clinton living in the White House as her husband is serving the second of his two terms as president. In the years following, she would eventually become a United States senator, run for president and, ultimately, serve the country as secretary of state," an NBC press release said.
Courtney Hunt, who was nominated for an Oscar for her "Frozen River" screenplay, has been brought on to write and direct while Diane Lane has already been cast to play Clinton. NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour Saturday that the role of former president Bill Clinton has not been cast yet, but that he expects the series to air before Hillary Clinton announces her intentions for a presidential campaign in 2016. (Chuck Todd rushed to Twitter soon after the announcement to clarify that NBC's News division would have nothing to do with the project.)
So as they get going on the miniseries, here are our casting suggestions:
Whoever plays Bill has to be charming, likeable, but also capable seducing an intern and destroying the public trust. Chris Noth would bean obvious choice, as he mastered the art of handsome, charismatic jerk on "Sex and the City" and plays a politician who gets embroiled in a sex scandal on the "The Good Wife." Alec Baldwin could also carry the role. His latest work in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine" has him playing a liar and a cheat, and as Jack Donaghy on "30 Rock," he proved he can work a room. Clinton himself has said he would like to see either Brad Pitt or George Clooney play him in a movie, but those two – particularly Pitt — may be a bit of a stretch. How about Richard Gere, who in addition to having Clinton's silver fox locks, has played across Lane in a number of films?
NBC says its miniseries will begin in 1998, when Hillary and Bill's daughter was 18, meaning that whoever plays her will have to span her awkward teen years into her current more polished, grown-up look. Amy Adams bears some semblance to her now, but may be too old to pull off college-aged Chelsea. Both Shailene Woodley and AnnaSophia Robb are great up-and-coming actresses who could pass for Chelsea in her teen years with the right amount of curly hair. However, Anna Kendrick – who went from a young professional in "Up in the Air" to a college a capella singer in "Pitch Perfect" – may be the best choice to play both young and mature Chelsea.
The series will start with the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal, and NBC would be remiss not to have some fun with the casting here. The easy choice would be to stick a brunette wig on Scarlett Johansson – Hollywood's go-to seductress – and call it a day. Or it could go with Megan Fox, who has Lewinsky's coloring, but may be just a little too bombshell-y for the role of the former White House intern. Kat Dennings, meanwhile, has Lewinsky's face and figure, and on "2 Broke Girls," plays a character that mirrors Lewinsky's age during the affair. Or, if NBC really wants to think outside the box, it can bring on Zooey Deschanel, as Monica was totally rocking the fringe bangs back in the day.
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