Hillary Clinton to Get Hollywood Treatment Just in Time for 2016

8e5e2aef7654dc94_hillary-young.xxxlarge_1Imagine Anne Hathaway, bespectacled in hooty glasses and donning garish striped pants, on the big screen portraying circa 1974 Hillary Clinton.

Don’t laugh.

According to Paul Bedard in The Washington Examiner’s Washington Secrets column, a movie script focusing upon Clinton’s role in the 1974 impeachment of President Nixon could be headed into production. The project’s producers have clout; they produced the vampire smash Twilight series.

Bedard writes that the movie’s plot occurs at the height of the Watergate scandal when “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.”

Who else could possibly star as a young Hillary? Zooey Deschanel (Too cute and too indie, perhaps?); Michelle Williams (she did transform into Marilyn Monroe and plays angst well.) or Jennifer Lawrence (aka Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games).

My choice is British actress Emily Blunt. She has a wide range of acting skills and could nail a serious Hillary struggling with a career in Washington amid historic events who decides to pack it all up and move to the Arkansas hills.

The talk of a Hillary movie arrives at a time when the prospect of a Hillary White House candidacy roars. According to a poll released Thursday by Quinnipiac University, Hillary would get 65 percent of the Democratic Party’s support. Recent polls by other universities also show her getting more than 60 percent of the party’s support.

She plans to attend the official dedication of the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock, Ark., her old stomping grounds before she became a national icon, on Friday. Next week, she speaks in Beverly Hills a Pacific Council on International Policy gala where she will be honored with its inaugural Warren Christopher Public Service Award. In June, she speaks at the Clinton Global Initiative America conference in Chicago.

On Thursday, Nancy Pelosi spoke in Little Rock and said, “I pray that Hillary Clinton decides to run for president of the United States. Let’s put aside for a moment the fact that she is a woman. As a person, she will be the most qualified person to enter the White House in modern history.”

Her comments garnered loud applause.

To add a bit of dynastic gloss to 2016 presidential run, the Clinton Foundation recently changed its name to the “Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation.”

A movie about a young Hillary would be inspiring to female voters who want to battle the ongoing war on women by Republicans.

The movie could open with Hillary giving her 1969 remarks as the first student commencement speaker at Wellesley College in which she received a standing ovation for seven minutes. The film could cut to the summer following graduation when Hillary worked in Alaska, first washing dishes in Mount McKinley National Park and sliming salmon in a fish processing cannery in Valdez. It shut down overnight after she complained about bad working conditions.

The Watergate era is one that continues to fascinate. Hillary, after her law school studies, was a member of the impeachment inquiry staff (a tad ironic, considering what happened later to her husband) against President Richard Nixon. He ultimately resigned in wake of the investigation.

The Clintons have always had a cozy relationship with Hollywood. It’s only fitting that she now gets some time on the silver screen. After all, Bill had Primary Colors, didn’t he?

Suzi Parker is an Arkansas-based political and cultural journalist and author of “Sex in the South: Unbuckling the Bible Belt” and “1000 Best Bartender’s Recipes.” She writes frequently for Reuters, TakePart, and numerous other publications. Follow her on Twitter at @SuziParker.

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  • TraderJo

    A movie makeover? And will it erase all of the Whitewater, Rose Law Firm, Vince Foster, Travelgate & Benghazigate wrinkles?

    Wouldn’t start packing for a move to 1600 just yet, Hillary. Your new address might just be a Fed prison for perjury.

    I can just hear her new campaign slogan now – “What difference does it make? . . .”

    • Not for nothing Jo, but if Bush and Cheney are still walking free despite their perjury and lies then Hillary has nothing to worry about.

  • Perjury? I don’t recall Hillary ever being convicted of perjury. Unlike Scooter Libby. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scooter_Libby

  • Putting lipstick on a ——? Doesn’t change anything. Hillary didn’t answer the “3:00AM” call she so much talked about during her previous run for office and 4 Americans died.

    What did Hillary do as Secretary of State? Burn millions of dollars on travel and what did she accomplish? Nothing!

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