Will Meryl Streep Play Margaret Thatcher?

July 1, 2010 by  
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merylstreep2210x300Meryl Streep, as much as we love her, isn’t the first name that comes to mind when casting the Iron Lady, Margaret Thatcher.

She’s played some tough, ballbreaking ladies with icy demeanours (see Doubt) but we think the role requires someone…English. Call us racist but we always get annoyed when English actors are overlooked for iconic British roles. Remember The Other Boleyn Girl? Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman and Eric Bana – good accents but no Brits. It seems that Americans don’t care about the nationality of the actor as long as they’re a star.

Anywho, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Streep is in talks to play Thatcher in an upcoming biopic set in 1982 that follows the controversial leader in the run up to the Falklands War. The war turned out to be a huge turning point for Thatcher and her high approval ratings led to her winning a second term.

She was a divisive lady and there was no shortage of drama while she was in office but in an English political period piece will Meryl be able to pull it off?

Brit favourite Jim Broadbent is also in talks to appear as Thatcher’s husband Denis but is not confirmed. If Streep does sign on, it will reunite her with Mamma Mia! director Phyllida Lloyd but can lightning strike twice for these two?

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