Brie Larson to play first female presidential candidate in Victoria Woodhull
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Brie Larson has elected to tackle a presidential role for a new big screen project.
EW has confirmed the Oscar-winning actress will play Victoria Woodhull — the first woman in history to seek the U.S. presidency — for an upcoming Amazon Studios film named after the pioneering politician.
Larson will also produce the film, which is based on a screenplay by Ben Kopit, who also wrote the script for Warner Bros.’ impending drama The Libertine.
Woodhull, a suffragist who died in 1927 at age 88, ran for president during the 1872 election some 40 years before women gained the right to vote upon the ratification of the 19th constitutional amendment in 1920.
News of Larson’s casting, first reported by Deadline, comes nearly five months after Hillary Clinton — the first woman to receive a presidential nomination from a major political party — lost the 2016 election to Donald Trump. In a January Instagram post, the Room star explained she makes movies “as a form of activism,” citing her recent performance in Kong: Skull Island (she plays a journalist) as her way of focusing audience attention on societal issues.