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Circuit Q&A: Who Would You Cast in the Role of a Political Figure Who Needs a Movie?

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Actress Meryl Streep speaks during the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Politicians’ backstories often make for compelling drama and sometimes even a few laughs. Political biopics usually lead to critical acclaim and some great acting performances because of their subject matter and historical context. Films like “The King’s Speech,” “Malcolm X,” “Lincoln,” “Gandhi,” “The Last King of Scotland,” “The Front Runner,” “Milk,” “The Iron Lady” and “Vice” are just a few that come to mind. And, like it or not, there is bound to be a Trump biopic in the near future.

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Political figures often live complex and fascinating lives that seem to be made for the big screen. There are quite a few figures from modern political history whose “true” stories should be told. Whether they are trailblazers who incite change or figures mired in controversy, there’s a trove of stories to be mined. 

The life and career of Shirley Chisholm would be a great film to see, especially in a time when representation matters and racial divisiveness exists. Chisholm was the first black Congresswoman and she mounted a trailblazing 1972 Presidential run. There are supposedly a few works in production that shine a spotlight on Chisholm’s inspiration and history-making career. Starring the likes of Viola Davis and Uzo Aduba, both great choices to portray the iconic politician with a style all her own, these casting choices are perfect as both have the acting chops to pull off such a bold, fierce character.

A movie about Ronald Reagan would also be an interesting watch. From classic Hollywood Actor to the 40th POTUS, Reagan’s story is full of drama and historic moments including the War on Drugs, geopolitics, his attempted assassination, the Berlin Wall and ’80s cultural divides. There are a few actors who could pull off the good looks of a young Reagan, complete with his mannerisms and personality. Tom Cruise, Paul Rudd, and Dennis Quaid come to mind. Surprisingly, Will Ferrell has also been in conversation previously to play the former President. 

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Another great political story that should be told from beginning to end is that of Hillary Clinton. From Washington lawyer to First Lady to Secretary of State to Presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton’s story is full of stuff that a good movie is made of. Clinton is seen by many as a divisive figure who’s ambition, confidence and intelligence originates from a fascinating backstory. A SNL parody mainstay during her tenure, we’ve seen the more comical depictions of Clinton, but there is a long list of actresses who can portray the former Presidential candidate. Julianne Moore, Meryl Streep, Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Chastain and Amy Adams are just a few of the actresses who can pull off the confidence, wit and intelligence of Clinton’s story on the big screen.

Which political figure would you like to see a movie of? Who would you cast in the role? Let us know in the comments!


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