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Alicia Gardiner.

Since yesterday's announcement of a six-hour miniseries on the life and times of *Gina Rinehart *, tentatively titled The House of Hancock, rumour and speculation is rife as to who will play Australia's richest person.

Online bookmaker sportsbet.com.au is pricing rather unknown actress *Alicia Gardiner *as the $4.00 favourite to score what could be the most sought-after Australian female role of the year.

Gardiner plays Kim Akerholt in the popular Ten drama Offspring and has also appeared in other TV series such as Last Man Standing, Fergus McPhail and Noah & Saskia.

Winners & Losers actress *Melissa Bergland *has also been given some hope of landing the role at $5.00 along with Oscar hopeful *Jacki Weaver *($6.00).

After her recent success in Hollywood, *Rebel Wilson *is also in the market at $9.00, while *Nicole Kidman *($81) and *Meryl Streep *($101) are long shots. Streep once took on the role of Australian *Lindy Chamberlain *in the 1988 film Evil Angels.

Despite her recent negative media attention, *Chrissie Swan *is also in with a chance at $34 given her physical resemblance to Rinehart but she has limited acting experience.

Screentime, which has secured the rights to Fairfax journalist *Adele Ferguson *'s unauthorised biography of Rinehart, made Cloudstreet in WA in 2010 and aims to film part of its big budget Batavia shipwreck drama for Ten here later this year.

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& Losers actress Melissa Bergland has also been given some hope of landing the role at $5.00