Articles & Notes — July 29, 2013 at 12:05 am

Diane Lane to become Hillary Clinton in new miniseries

Hillary Clinton - Diane LaneHollywood actress Diane Lane will star as former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a new NBC miniseries, the network announced at Saturday’s Television Critics Association tour.

The four-hour miniseries, written and directed by Courtney Hunt (“Frozen River”), doesn’t have an air date yet, and the key role of Hillary’s husband Bill Clinton has yet to be cast.

The story however will reportedly begin in 1998, right in the heart of the scandal surrounding President Clinton’s extramarital liaison with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

This isn’t the first time a Hollywood actress has played Hillary Clinton.

Julianne Moore, who won an Emmy last year for playing Sarah Palin in “Game Change,” was slated to play Clinton in the 2010 HBO movie “The Special Relationship,” but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts.

Hope Davis eventually played the role. And it wasn’t exactly Hillary, but Emma Thompson played a long-suffering politician’s wife opposite John Travolta in 1998’s thinly veiled Clinton comedy “Primary Colors.”

One possible hiccup with the miniseries: Hillary is still mulling a 2016 presidential bid of her own, so depending on when it airs, political opponents might accuse NBC of running a de facto campaign ad for her.

But NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt isn’t worried: “She’s not going to probably declare for another two years, so this could well have aired before that.”

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