Streep Set to Play Thatcher

Actress in talks to star in Falklands-era biopic
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2010 5:00 AM CDT
Streep Set to Play Thatcher
Pathe Films says Meryl Streep has expressed an interest in playing Margaret Thatcher in new biopic "Thatcher."   (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)

(Newser) – Meryl Streep is set to team up with Mamma Mia! director Phyllida Lloyd again for a movie with considerably less singing and dancing. Producers have confirmed that the actress is in talks to play Margaret Thatcher in a biopic focusing on the tense 17 days leading up to the 1982 Falklands War, the Telegraph reports. Fellow Oscar-winner Jim Broadbent is expected to play husband Denis Thatcher.

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"Meryl Streep is the consummate film actress and can nail all kinds of emotional and dramatic colours, so she is the perfect choice," the editor of movie magazine Empire tells the Independent. She delivered an impeccable English accent in The French Lieutenant's Woman and has played formidable women throughout her career. She will draw out the humanity in Margaret Thatcher—no mean feat." (Read more Margaret Thatcher stories.)

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