Meryl Streep Cast as “Maggie” Thatcher?
Actress Meryl Streep is in negotiations to join the cast of the upcoming biopic “Thatcher” in the role of the iconic political figure. Streep would be reunited with “Mamma Mia!” director Phyllida Lloyd for the biopic about England’s controversial and long-serving Prime Minister. The project is being produced by Pathe and Film4.
The film is to be set in 1982 and follows the story of Thatcher’s declining approval ratings. The film will focus on the 17 days preceding the Falklands War which took place in 1982. Thatcher’s handling of the 2 1/2 month war, and eventual victory, helped boost her to a second term amid massive popularity. Jim Broadbent is in talks to play Thatcher’s husband, Denis.
Streep has played several high profile real life women on the big screen in the past. Her credits include playing cooking guru Julia Child, author Susan Orlean, and whistleblower Karen Silkwood. Thatcher would be the highest profile woman yet that Streep would have the honor of portraying.