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Diane Lane to play Hillary Clinton on NBC

July 27, 2013 at 2:45 PM ET

A miniseries based on Hillary Clinton, starring Diane Lane, will air on NBC.
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Actress Diane Lane will play Hillary Clinton in "Hillary," a new miniseries on NBC.

Betting on Hillary Clinton's second candidacy for president, NBC has ordered a four-hour mini-series based on the former First Lady, U.S. Senator, and Secretary of State's life.

"Hillary," starring Diane Lane, will recount Clinton's life from 1998 to the present and will be written by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Courtney Hunt ("Frozen River"). NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt announced the miniseries Saturday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.

"I think she's one of the most fascinating women of our time and this world," Greenblatt. "And on the precipice of what we all assume will be her running for president, we think it's an interesting story to tell with classy producers and a great star."

The script, which has not been written, will begin with Clinton living in the White House during her husband's second term and will likely include her second run at becoming the nation's first female president. It is not based on a book and Clinton is not involved with the project, Greenblatt said. Lane was already attached to the mini-series when NBC bought it, Greenblatt said.

"She just seems like a great actress, an Academy Award-nominated actress and it seems like she has the gravitas and the poise," Greenblatt said.

The miniseries would likely air before Clinton would announce her candidacy if she decides to pursue the nation's highest office.

"She's not going to declare her candidacy for two more years," Greenblatt said. "This could well have aired before that. We have to talk through all that."



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