First Look; Meryl as Maggie

The Hollywood News is reporting the very first image of Meryl Streep as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the forthcoming Hollywood movie “The Iron Lady”.

The film tells the compelling story of Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, a woman who smashed through the barriers of gender and class to be heard in a male-dominated world. The story concerns power and the price that is paid for power, and is a surprising and intimate portrait of an extraordinary and complex woman.

“The prospect of exploring the swathe cut through history by this remarkable woman is a daunting and exciting challenge. I am trying to approach the role with as much zeal, fervour and attention to detail as the real Lady Thatcher possesses – I can only hope my stamina will begin to approach her own!” Meryl Streep said.

The Iron Lady stars Meryl Streep as Lady Thatcher and Jim Broadbent as Denis Thatcher. Their young selves are played by Alexandra Roach and Harry Lloyd. The rest of the cast of family and friends, politicians and advisers, is made up of the very best of British acting talent, including: Olivia Colman, Nicholas Farrell, Susan Brown, Roger Allam, Anthony Head, Julian Wadham, Pip Torrens, Nick Dunning, Richard E Grant, David Westhead, Angus Wright and John Sessions.

It is fair to say that the film has generated some concerns not least among Thatchers friends and family about the fact the film will show Lady Thatcher, who is still idolised by millions, as a frail figure in the grip of dementia reflecting with regret on certain aspects of her life. Meryls co-star Jim Broadbent has sought to allay fears however and claims the film will not be “a hatchet job” on Baroness Thatcher. However the film pans out I think we can all agree the resemblence is striking and if Meryl’s career is anything to go by and whatever your opinion of Mrs Thatcher, this film will certainly be one to watch.

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3 thoughts on “First Look; Meryl as Maggie

  1. “a woman who smashed through the barriers of gender and class to be heard in a male-dominated world.”-In the words of the politically neutral (ahem) lecturer, Peter Kerr, during a lecture on feminism “Margaret Thatcher?!…Oh no, she was a man!”

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