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Carey Mulligan set to beat American rivals to play Hillary Clinton in Rodham

British actress set to beat American rivals to role of former US Secretary of State and First Lady

The British actress Carey Mulligan is set to beat a string of American rivals to play the role of Hillary Clinton in a biopic of the former US Secretary of State.

Other candidates had included Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Chastain and Emma Stone, but Mulligan is the producers’ first choice, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The film, directed by James Ponsoldt, will follow Ms Clinton’s early career as a lawyer on the committee involved with Richard Nixon’s impeachment as well as the attentions of future president Bill Clinton.