The odds are on English actress Carey Mulligan to land the lead in “Rodham,” a biopic about Hillary Clinton’s early years in politics.

At 28, Carey Mulligan is ahead of Amanda Seyfried and even Scarlett Johansson in the running for the role of the heroine in this independent political drama. Mulligan, who debuted in “Pride and Prejudice” (2005) and made her real breakthrough in “An Education” (2009), has expressed interest and should be meeting the production team soon, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

James Ponsoldt (“The Spectacular Now“) will direct a screenplay by Young Il Kim. This independent film focuses on 1974, the year Hillary joined the legal staff advising the House Judiciary Committee on the impeachment of President Richard Nixon after the Watergate scandal broke. “Rodham” then follows her to Arkansas when she accepts Bill Clinton’s marriage proposals, leaving DC and her own political career behind.

The release of “Rodham” is slated for 2016, the year in which Hillary Clinton just might set her sights on succeeding Barack Obama after his second term. – AFP RELAXNEWS