• Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen political comedy teases 2020 presidential election

    charlize theronCharlize Theronand Seth Rogen are joining the presidential election buzz. No, the two actors are not on a split ticket. However, Theron will star alongside Rogen in a comedy about a long shot—the first female president of the United States. Long Shot, which also stars Bob Odenkirk and June Diane Raphael, premieres at SXSW this March. Lionsgate announced the new title Tuesday.

    Rogen will play an unemployed journalist, Fred Flarsky, who through a string of circumstances and good fortune catches the attention of the world’s most powerful woman, Charlotte Field. Charlotte, played by Theron, is one of the most powerful and unattainable women on the planet, brings Fred into her inner circle in her journey to become the first female president of the United States.

    The film was originally titled Flarsky. Lionsgate renamed the flick after it scored above 95% in test screenings, indicating that the film can perform as a major summer comedy.

    Charlize Theron comedy foreshadows 2020 presidential election

    Long Shot couldn’t come at a more appropriate time. Many Democratic hopefuls recently launched exploratory committees and announced presidential runs—many of whom are women. Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Tulsi Gabbard, Kirsten Gillibrand all intend to fight for the Democratic nomination amongst a crowded field.

    The thought of a female POTUS is still considered a long shot to some after Hillary Clinton’s surprising defeat to Donald Trump in 2016. Many claimed the country is still uncomfortable with a woman in charge and many others simply said the problem was this woman. It should be noted that Clinton has reportedly not ruled out another attempt in 2020. Hopefully, the country has become more open-minded in the last few years. Female candidates broke records in the 2018 midterm elections with over 100 women winning elections for Congress or governorships.

    We won’t have to wait until 2020 to find out if Charlotte can win her fictional bid. Long Shot hits theaters nationwide May 3.

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