Jessica Chastain Says She's Not Playing Hillary Clinton in Biopic

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Monday, 03 Jun 2013 10:18 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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"Zero Dark Thirty" star Jessica Chastain said Saturday she is not being considered to play former first lady and secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton, shooting down online rumors that included her in a list of high-profile actresses contending for the role.

"No, that's not actually true," Chastain told journalists at the Sound of Change concert in London about competing to play Clinton. "I found out about the project online, but, yeah, there's a lot of stuff out there."

Chastain, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlet Johansson and Amanda Seyfried have been linked to the biopic titled "Rodham." The political drama, set for a release close to the 2016 presidential election, centers around the early years of Clinton's marriage to President Bill Clinton, and her time as a 26-year-old Washington lawyer.

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The project is reportedly at the early stages. "Rodham" director James Ponsoldt said the former first lady makes for a compelling figure to play, making the interest high among A-list actors.

"They’re all wonderful actresses," said of Chastain and others linked to the project. "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.”

Chastain has been nominated for Oscars for her roles in "Zero Dark Thirty" and "The Help." She also appeared opposite Brad Pitt in "Tree of Life," "The Debt," with Helen Mirren, "Take Shelter," and "Texas Killing Fields."

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Chastain won the Golden Globe for best actress this year playing a CIA analyst hunting for Osama Bin Laden in Zero Dark Thirty. The move ran into several controversies, from its depiction of waterboarding and the impact the methods played in getting information from suspected terrorist from the help producer received from the Obama administration. Some lawmakers complained that classified information was made available.

The movie was nominated for five Oscars including best picture and Chastain for best actress, but did not win any.

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