Meryl Streep Set to Play Emmeline Pankhurst in 'Suffragette' Drama
After playing Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady in 2011, Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep is reaching further back into political history and reuniting with that film's writer for her next role. ScreenDaily reports Streep will play iconic political activist Emmeline Pankhurst in the drama Suffragette written by Abi Morgan and directed by Sarah Gavron (Brick Lane). But Streep won't be the lead as the film focuses on Carey Mulligan as Maude, a “foot soldier of the early feminist movement” who turns radical and begins using violence for change. Streep's role is small but pivotal with a rousing rally speech on women's rights.
Streep is a great catch for any role, no matter how small. Plus, Pankhurst is an integral part of the fight for equal rights for women, especially with suffrage. Pankhurst founded political groups the Women’s Franchise League and the Women’s Social and Political Union, getting imprisoned and staging hunger strikes while locked up, making waves for generations of women to follow. Pathe is already set to distribute the film overseas, but it doesn't sound like there's distribution for the film in the United States just yet. But the film would surely find an audience in the US, so hopefully we'll hear more about the project soon.