Meryl Streep Playing Margaret Thatcher in a BBC Films Biopic
by Alex Billington
July 1, 2010
More eventual Oscar bait? THR is reporting that Meryl Streep is "in talks" to star as former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in a new biopic called Thatcher, being developed by Pathe and BBC Films. Streep will be re-teaming with filmmaker Phyllida Lloyd, who directed Mamma Mia!, for this project, with the screenplay being written by Brian Fillis (An Englishman in New York). Jim Broadbent is also in talks to play Thatcher's husband, Denis. The film is set in 1982 and tracks Thatcher as she tries to save her career in the 17 days preceding the 1982 Falklands War. However, none of this casting is officially set in stone yet.
Margaret Thatcher served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990 and also Leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990. She is the only woman to have held either post. The two month long Falklands War, which is the focus of the film, was an important turning point for Thatcher, who, after the victory, saw her approval ratings double and went on to win a second term. I hate to make an expected reference, but if this is anything like The Queen, I'm sure I'll enjoy it, as I really found a lot to like about that film even though I didn't think I would. For now it sounds like things are developing, so stay tuned for more.
I love Broadbent (last seen in Another Year, Perrier's Bounty and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) and I think Streep (last seen in It's Complicated and Fantastic Mr. Fox) is also a great actor and I'm already looking forward to seeing them in these roles. It may be Oscar bait, but it's Oscar bait I'm actually interested in seeing hopefully sooner than later. Damian Jones (Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll) is producing. Thoughts?