It's dawned on me that even though the current Democratic front-runner may no longer be inevitable, a biopic about her life is almost certainly so. I predict within five years, the American people will be presented with a well done dramatic thriller from either HBO or NBC. With the current TV format of casting brilliant actresses in equally captivating roles, the part of the former FLOTUS, Senator, and Secretary of State is sure to call some of Hollywood's best leading ladies to what is sure to be a challenging casting call. Below I will present my choices and some others I've found circulating the web. A poll will be listed at the bottom for others to put their two cents in or perhaps bring in someone new and unexpected. The following ladies do not represent choices in order or are organized by favorite, it's just a list.
1. Emma Thompson
It's not all that surprising that Emma Thompson found herself on this list. In 1998, when the United States was primarily focused on the ever-changing tale of sex and scandal that overshadowed President Bill Clinton, Director Mike Nichols showcased a film called Primary Colors based on the book of the same name. The film followed (without using their names) the 1992 presidential campaign of Bill Clinton. It starred John Travolta as a cartoonish version of former president and Emma Thompson as his wife, a knock-off of the future Secretary of State and Presidential Candidate, Hillary Clinton. I'm sure she could easily be persuaded to tackle the role once more. She's currently slated to appear in Disney's upcoming live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast.
2. Michelle Pfeiffer
Because I can't convince Hollywood to cast Michelle Pfeiffer in every movie, this post will have to do for now. Michelle Pfeiffer was my own choice to add to this list, not surprisingly, she wasn't a favorite or even a slight notion on IMDb forums as an actress who could take on the role of Hillary Rodham Clinton. However, I believe it is her past experience in films such as 2001's I Am Sam, 2012's People Like Us, and 1991's Frankie and Johnny that solidify her place among the women in this article. Her future walk into the world of TV films comes with playing Ruth Madoff in HBO's Bernie Madoff biopic, Wizard of Lies. So by the time the Clinton film begins production, she will already have what it takes to portray a real-life woman who has had to endure the worst that life has to offer.
3. Diane Lane
In 2013, NBC selected Diane Lane to portray Secretary Clinton in a mini-series they were planning to air leading up to the 2016 Presidential Election. Negative reactions from other networks and a few threats to uninvite NBC's participation in hosting GOP presidential primary debates forced them to pull the plug on the four-hour event series. News network CNN was also met with the same criticism and threats if they aired their planned Hillary Clinton documentary. Even though this deal didn't work out, I would think Diane Lane would be ready to jump on the opportunity to play the former Secretary if called. Diane Lane can next be seen in the upcoming DC/WB film, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, reprising her role as Superman's adopted mother, Martha Kent.
4. Emma Watson
The youngest on our list so far, Emma Watson has been linked to a Hillary Clinton film in the past. There's no word on whether she was ever actually invited to take part in the movie, but nonetheless, her acting chops through ten years with the Harry Potter franchise and her forthcoming work including Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Colonia, and Regression alongside Ethan Hawk, will pave the way for her to become a serious contender when casting directors start making calls.
5. Dakota Fanning
With an impressive resume for a young lady of only 21, Dakota Fanning hardly needs an explanation of why she deserves to be on this list. She's been charming audiences since the nineties and continues to impress even the most legendary of co-stars and directors with her unmatchable skill as a dramatic actress. A Clinton biopic would hardly be her first time playing a real life character, in 2010 she portrayed Cherie Currie in The Runaways alongside Kristen Stewart as legendary rock-star, Joan Jett. Though she hasn't been seen on mainstream television since her 2004 guest spot on Friends, I'm sure American audiences would welcome her return to the small screen with open arms. Dakota Fanning can soon be seen in upcoming releases such as The Benefactor, Viena and the Fantomes, and Brimstone.
6. Michelle Williams
What can be said about the exquisitely beautiful and exorbitantly talented, Michelle Williams? Her turn as iconic and tragedy-riddled film star, Marilyn Monroe, in 2011's My Week With Marilyn is probably her most vulnerable and mesmerizing performance to date. Taking on the struggle of former First Lady, Hillary Clinton would surely be just as grueling a task as Marilyn and I am certain Michelle Williams will be up for the task. She can next be seen in the upcoming drama Manchester-by-the-sea written and directed by Gangs of New York's, Kenneth Lonergan.
7. Elizabeth Banks
Rising to mainstream attention with supporting roles in The 40 Year Old Virgin, Wet Hot American Summer, and the original Spider-Man franchise, Elizabeth Banks has endured whatever she needed to, to achieve the success she revels in now. As an outspoken supporter of Hillary Clinton for President in 2016, Elizabeth Banks would no doubt be there in a heartbeat if asked to audition for the highly coveted role. She recently reprised her Wet Hot American Summer role as Lindsay for Netflix's prequel mini-series, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. Taking a stand against anti-feminism in Hollywood, Banks took on the responsibility of Director for the Pitch Perfect sequel, which she also starred in. She can soon be seen in the finale to the blockbuster Hunger Games franchise with November's Mockingjay: Part 2, reprising her iconic role as Effie Trinket. Elizabeth, may the odds be ever in your favor.
8. Sarah Michelle Gellar
The world was forever changed when Sarah Michelle Gellar launched onto TV screens all over the country with her role on All My Children as Kendall Hart Lang, a role she would later bid farewell to as she stepped into her most iconic role to date as superheroine and legendary badass, Buffy Summers, in Joss Whedon's TV adaptation of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. The world of dramatic television was forever changed when Buffy The Vampire Slayer killed the ratings through seven seasons of supernatural terror and heartbreaking emotional real-life tragedies that every human being could easily relate to. Fans of Gellar have been biding their time as she has mainly stayed out of the limelight to be with her two young children and fellow actor and husband, Freddie Prinze Jr. If she were asked to audition for the role of Hillary Clinton, her mass legion of fans would surely rally behind her, begging her to take it on. She can soon be heard, in an undisclosed role, with Disney's animated TV series, Star Wars Rebels.
9. Scarlett Johansson
It's not unusual that ScarJo would end up here. She's one of the most successful actresses in Hollywood today. With her multiple film spanning role as Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, her badass (not unlike Gellar as Summers) role in Lucy as the titular character, her award worthy vocal chops in Spike Lee's Her and the upcoming Jon Favreau directed, live action remake of Disney's The Jungle Book, and of course, her turn as real-life Hollywood legend and mother to actress Jamie-Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh in 2012's Hitchcock, boasts her deserving place among the already impressive group of women we have here before us.
Who do you think should play Hillary Clinton in an upcoming biopic? Let me know in the poll below. Feel free to add your own choices in the comments section if your pick isn't listed here.