James Ponsoldt To Helm Hillary Clinton Biopic


Talk about a hot button project.

With a presidential run in 2016 as likely as the sky still being blue tomorrow morning, Hillary Rodham Clinton will be one of the most important figures in American politics for the next handful of years, and now, she’s about to be fodder for a biopic.

The Wrap is reporting that James Ponsoldt, best known for the films Smashed and the breathtaking The Spectacular Now, is set to direct Rodham, based on a Black List script from writer Young Il Kim. The film will follow the story of Clinton during her time in school, and also happens to deal with her romance with one Bill Clinton.  Here’s the 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.

Personally, I can’t wait to see this. It appears to be a ways off, but the longer it waits, the more interesting and topical it becomes. I think Ponsoldt is a great filmmaker, and I adore his last picture, Now, a startlingly moving motion picture that is far more mature than a director of his experience should be making. This sounds like a different type of project than what he’s known for, but that step out of his comfort zone is interesting. Color this writer excited.

Source The Wrap

Joshua Brunsting

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