James Ponsoldt

James Ponsoldt to Direct Hillary Clinton Biopic ‘Rodham’

James Ponsoldt to Direct Hillary Clinton Biopic ‘Rodham’

James Ponsoldt, the director behind Smashed and The Spectacular Now, has signed on to helm the Hillary Rodham Clinton biopic Rodham.

He will be working from a screenplay by South Korean writer Young Il Kim, which was ranked fourth on the 2012 Black List. Set during the time of the Watergate scandal, the story will follow Hillary as the youngest lawyer chosen for the House Judiciary Committee to Impeach Nixon. She will fight to choose between a career at the White House and unresolved feelings for former boyfriend Bill Clinton, who will be teaching law in Arkansas during the timeline of the movie.

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EXCLUSIVE: James Ponsoldt Talks ‘Smashed’ and ‘The Spectacular Now’

EXCLUSIVE: James Ponsoldt Talks ‘Smashed’ and ‘The Spectacular Now’

James Ponsoldt is currently enjoying the successful launch of his comedic drama Smashed, available now on Blu-ray, as well as the spectacular reception of his upcoming project, The Spectacular Now, at SXSW earlier in the month. We recently caught up with the director to talk about both of these projects, and the impact they've had on his career.

Smashed follows a young woman whose marriage is hinged on alcohol, and her attempts to sober up. The Spectacular Now follows a young man who is also reliant upon the pleasure and power of alcohol, and how it affects his relationship with a 'nice girl'. Neither movie is a PSA on the dangers of consumption. Instead, both of these critical darlings rely on humor and real emotional heart to get their messages across.

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