Meryl Streep to play Margaret Thatcher
December 30th, 2010
03:34 PM ET

Meryl Streep to play Margaret Thatcher

After serving up a critically acclaimed performance as Julia Child in "Julie & Julia," Meryl Streep is getting ready to tell the story of another groundbreaking woman: Margaret Thatcher, Britain's first female prime minister.

"The Iron Lady," helmed by "Mamma Mia!" director Phyllida Law, is set to begin shooting in January, and Streep's co-star Jim Broadbent says the 61-year-old Oscar winner is the ideal choice to play Thatcher, who served in office from 1979 to 1990.

"I think it's perceived that Thatcher needs a star, really, and she's perfect casting in many ways," Broadbent, who plays Thatcher's husband Denis, tells Vulture. "She's got a good look, and she'll absolutely do it in a brilliant way."

According to distributor Pathe Films, the biopic "tells the story of a woman who smashed through the barriers of gender and class to be heard in a male-dominated world."

Besides bringing her talent to the project, Streep can also bring an American outlook, notes Broadbent, 61.

"She's also got an interesting eye on the script," he explains. "She can bring an outsider's view on the story, so that it won't become a lazy, parochial piece that Brits understand but where nobody else really knows what's going on. She can ask the questions that foreign audiences will ask."

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  1. Roxanne

    Who best to play Thatcher than the only actor on earth, past or present who has perfected the art of channelling these either difficult or misunderstood women with remarkable nuance and clarity.

    This film has been well cast.

    January 5, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. LT

    It will be amazing to see the transformation through makeup - this is one talented women who has the amazing ability to be anyone - in the future Laura Bush ??..maybe not– George Bush ?

    December 31, 2010 at 6:50 am | Report abuse |
  3. unitwan

    incredible casting

    December 31, 2010 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
  4. Karabo Maithufi

    Brilliant casting!!! And Jim Broadbent is a wonderful ingredient to what will certainly be a winning formula!!! I cannot wait to watch this film...

    December 31, 2010 at 3:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Karabo Maithufi

      There I said it! Meryl Streep was inspired casting as mrs Thatcher and she has the Oscar to prove it!

      January 3, 2013 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. celebs911

    well if you read our predictions for Angelina and Brad Pitt...Brad will win an Oscar when he will play in a movie with Meryl Streep..Maybe this is the movie? I hope so..
    see/read our predictions on this topic..xoxo

    December 30, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jonas

    Pardon me, but... Meryl is is PRETTIER than Thatcher!!! (Me desculpem mas, a Meryl é mto mais bonita q a Thatcher!!)

    December 30, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. LL

    Perfect casting! Looking forward to this.

    December 30, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. babycelebs411

    An unbelievable actress playing a remarkable women and one of the greatest politicians of modern age. Could be an award winning performance:)
    Remaining on the English Coast, check out our latest predictions on a very powerful english couple, engagements and some divorces: xoxo

    December 30, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Nathan

    Good luck winning an Oscar that year, Everyone Else.

    December 30, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • kiki

      This is the epitome of perfect casting! Who better to play the brilliant Margaret Thatcher than the icon Meryl Streep! I can't wait to see this movie.

      December 30, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • bitwd

      ehh, considering she hasn't won since 1983, the Academy will probably snuff her out once more.

      December 31, 2010 at 3:04 am | Report abuse |

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