The Hillary Clinton series reunites Dakota Fanning and Claire Danes

Hulu passed on “Rodham,” writer-producer Sarah Treem’s adaptation of the 2020 Curtis Sittenfeld novel that’s been in development at the streamer since the summer of 2020. But 20th Television is still buying the project from other streamers, now. that Claire Danes and Dakota Fanning is attached to playing Clinton at different stages of her life. In the package, Treem will write and produce, and James Ponsoldt will direct, with “Handmaid’s Tale” producer Warren Littlefield’s Littlefield Co. behind.

“Rodham” – published in May 2020, and a New York Times bestseller – imagined an alternate universe in which Hillary Rodham Clinton met and dated Bill Clinton at Yale Law School, but never married him. Instead of the life Clinton actually led, in “Rodham,” she continues to thrive as a professor at Northwestern University and launches a possible presidential run in 2016. Real-world events – such as rape accusations against Bill Clinton and Donald Trump as an important political figure – also plays out in Sittenfeld’s novel, but in a very modified way.

As a series, “Rodham” would span decades, with Fanning and Danes playing Clinton at different ages. Should the project land elsewhere and move forward, it wouldn’t be the first time Hillary Clinton has been portrayed on screen in recent years. Last fall, Edie Falco played Clinton during her years as First Lady on the FX series “Impeachment: American Crime Story.” Clive Owen played Bill Clinton, with Beanie Feldstein playing the role of Monica Lewinsky.

Treem was previously the co-creator and showrunner of Showtime’s “The Affair.” His other credits include “In Treatment”, “House of Cards” and “How to Make It in America”.

(Photo: Claire Danes, Hillary Clinton and Dakota Fanning)

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