Hope Davis to play Hillary Clinton

Replaces Julianne Moore in upcoming film

There has been a second talent change on the HBO Films/BBC Films movie "The Special Relationship," this time in front of the camera.

Julianne Moore, originally slated to play Hillary Clinton, has pulled out because of a scheduling conflict.

Hope Davis is now set to play the former First Lady and current Secretary of State.

The film, which chronicles the unique and sometimes turbulent political relationship between newly installed British Prime Minister Tony Blair and U.S. President Bill Clinton in the late 1990s, is slated to begin production July 20 in London.

Dennis Quaid is on board to play President Clinton, Michael Sheen as Prime Minister Blair and Helen McCrory as Cherie Blair.

Oscar-nominated scribe Peter Morgan, who wrote the movie, had planned to make "Special Relationship" his directorial debut but pulled out from helming duties last month, with Richard Loncraine stepping in to direct.

Morgan is executive producing with Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Andy Harries and Christine Langan.

For Moore, the scheduling conflict arose from her commitment to the feature "The Kids Are All Right."

Davis, who co-starred on HBO's "In Treatment" this past season, is currently on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning play "God of Carnage" for which she received a Tony nomination.

She is repped by UTA and Perri Kipperman Management.
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