Dakota Fanning and Claire Danes are attached to star as Hillary Clinton at different stages of her life in the upcoming series ‘Rodham’. Hulu passed on the show, which is currently being shopped to other networks. Based on the Curtis Sittenfeld novel of the same name, it imagines an alternative universe in which Hillary never married Bill Clinton. Instead of the life, she has actually led, she goes on to thrive as a Northwestern University professor and launches a presidential run in 2016.
The series will be directed by James Ponsoldt. Sarah Treem will write and executive produce, produced by Warren Littlefield’s Littlefield Co. Treem previously worked as the co-creator and showrunner of Showtime’s ‘The Affair‘ and ‘In Treatment‘, ‘House of Cards‘ and ‘How to Make It in America‘.
As Variety reported,
‘Rodham‘ was published in May 2020, and a New York Times bestseller — imagined an alternative universe in which Hillary Rodham Clinton met and dated Bill Clinton at Yale Law School, but never married him. Instead of the life Clinton has actually led, in “Rodham,” she goes on to thrive as a Northwestern University professor and launches an eventual presidential run in 2016. Real-world events — such as rape accusations against Bill Clinton, and Donald Trump as a significant figure in politics — also play out in Sittenfeld’s novel, but in vastly altered ways.