HOLLYWOOD: Carey Mulligan is reportedly the frontrunner to star as Hillary Clinton in new biopic Rodham.

Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Chastin and Reece Witherspoon have all been linked to the role but The Great Gatsby actress has emerged as the hot favourite.

The biopic, which will be directed by James Ponsoldt, will focus on her years as a student, lawyer and rising politician.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will look at ‘Rodham as a young lawyer on the committee involved in President Richard Nixon’s impeachment, and her juggling a diverging career path with her unresolved feelings for future president Bill Clinton’.

Mulligan will reportedly meet up with Ponsoldt to discuss the contract in the next few weeks. The script for Rodham, which was penned by screenwriter Young-il Kim, was leaked last month revealing some racy scenes between Hillary and Bill.

But Kim has played down the steamier moments in his script telling The Daily Telegraph: ‘I didn’t write 50 Shades of Rodham, as some news outlets are suggesting. I am a boring prude with little imagination.’–Metro