10 Dream Castings For The Upcoming Katharine Hepburn Biopic

Someone has some iconic trousers to fill.

The legendary Katharine Hepburn is getting the biopic treatment, based on the 2007 biography Kate: The Woman Who Was Hepburn by William J. Mann.

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An upcoming independent film will feature two sides of Hepburn’s legacy, the 25-year-old breaking into Hollywood and the 80-year-old looking back on it. Producer Richard Akel told IndieWire: “This is not the Kate Hepburn of public legend, including all those Tracy-Hepburn pictures, but rather the much more fascinating and complex private woman.”

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Problem? Finding one woman to encompass Hepburn’s intangible grace, independence, and fierce spirit.

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Here are a few ladies who could possibly do Hepburn justice:

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1. Ali Liebert

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The Canadian actress, recognizable from the Bomb Girls television series, has both the spunky personality and trouser prowess to pull off Hepburn.

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Not to mention, serious swagger.

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2. Cate Blanchett

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Blanchett comes to mind immediately, not only for her classic Hollywood essence, but because she’s already portrayed Hepburn on screen in The Aviator.

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3. Amy Adams

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From Enchanted to American Hustle, the charming Adams has made it clear she can handle comedy, drama,…

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… and pretty much anything else you throw at her.

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4. Tilda Swinton

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If anyone could come close to capturing Hepburn’s intensity and allusive charm – it would be the adaptable and chameleon-like Tilda Swinton.

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5. Greta Gerwig

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Gerwig isn’t hesitant about showing off both her dance moves and delightful quirkiness when she is onscreen.

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No doubt, Hepburn would approve.

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6. Rachel McAdams

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7. McAdams is the quintessential American sweetheart, but underneath all that sweetness – she’s one tough broad.

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8. Lizzy Caplan

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Like Hepburn, the current star on Masters Of Sex is equal parts endearing and snarky.

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9. Jessica Chastain

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This is Jessica Chastain we’re talking about, need I say more?

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10. Hilary Swank

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Portraying iconic figures such as Amelia Earhart and tackling heart wrenching storylines, Swank has the acting chops and just the right amount of badassery for the role.

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Which modern day actress do you think could embody the multifaceted Hepburn?

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Or try to, anyway.

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Sarah Karlan is the Deputy LGBT Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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