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Meryl Streep As Maggie Thatcher
First picture of The Iron Lady

08 February 2011  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  

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All of David Cameron's wishes are about to come true, as beloved icon Meryl Streep lends her likeability and considerable acting talent to The Iron Lady, a story in the life of Margaret Thatcher, set just before she took the UK to war in the Falklands. And here's Streep in costume as the lady-who's-not-for-turning herself.

The film casts Jim Broadbent as Maggie's husband Dennis, with Anthony Head as Geoffrey Howe, Richard E. Grant as Michael Heseltine and Roger Allam as Gordon Reece. Alexandra Roach and Harry Lloyd play the young Maggie and Dennis.

Streep's Mamma Mia! director Phyllida Lloyd is directing the film. It's probably too much to hope for musical numbers, however, which is a shame because singalong DVDs full of songs like 'Die, Trade Union, Die' would probably be extremely popular with the current administration. Abi Morgan, of Brick Lane and Sex Traffic, wrote the script.

The Iron Lady is due out later this year, so watch out for it at next year's Oscars. Well, it's Streep, a biopic and an accent, so it's bound to be there somewhere.


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RE: Makes Maggie look quite approachable!
L: Deviation L: sharkboy Anyone else wonder if David Cameron is praying for a nude scene? ote] WHY DO YOU THINK SUCH THINGS ndeed, I am now going to have to scrub my brain with wire brush and dettol. More

Posted by Scruffybobby at 16:06 on 13 February 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Makes Maggie look quite approachable!
L: slickrick looks great as Thatcher is good playing noted characters. Anyone remember her in 'Evil Angels'..."A dingo's got my baby" o-one looks great as Thatcher, NO-ONE!!!!!!!!!!! More

Posted by Spaldron at 02:55 on 13 February 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Makes Maggie look quite approachable!
She looks great as Thatcher. Meryl is good playing noted characters. Anyone remember her in 'Evil Angels'..."A dingo's got my baby" More

Posted by slickrick at 01:16 on 13 February 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Makes Maggie look quite approachable!
L: sharkboy Anyone else wonder if David Cameron is praying for a nude scene? ote] WHY DO YOU THINK SUCH THINGS More

Posted by Deviation at 16:13 on 10 February 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Makes Maggie look quite approachable!
Anyone else wonder if David Cameron is praying for a nude scene? More

Posted by sharkboy at 15:44 on 10 February 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Makes Maggie look quite approachable!
L: gunslinger19 I can feel the love for Mrs T on this thread...does the film have a happy ending? Like she gets shot or we all wake up and her term in office was really a dream? hat would make it the best film ever lol More

Posted by vivlitherland at 11:11 on 10 February 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Makes Maggie look quite approachable!
I can feel the love for Mrs T on this thread...does the film have a happy ending? Like she gets shot or we all wake up and her term in office was really a dream? More

Posted by gunslinger19 at 06:57 on 09 February 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Makes Maggie look quite approachable!
L: leroythemasochist She is a nasty piece of work who really set this country down the road to destruction. Ms Streep is a fine actress and I can only hope that she does the kind of job that anyone who is honest about Thatcher's Britain will recognise as capturing the awful, wretched old hag that she was. re you my dad? More

Posted by Mr Grady at 01:52 on 09 February 2011 | Report This Post

RE: WTF?
L: Spaldron L: schnerkle L: Spaldron L: schnerkle L: Giddysamurai L: schnerkle What happened to professionalism?! That is one of the most immature news items I think I've ever read for a "legitimate" online magazine. Helen O'Hara - if you come to review this movie I hope you do so on it's merit, and not let your lack of ability to remain (politically or otherwise) impartial cloud your view ... ... and no <sigh> I don't read the Daily Mai More

Posted by Deviation at 20:37 on 08 February 2011 | Report This Post

RE: WTF?
L: schnerkle L: Spaldron L: schnerkle L: Giddysamurai L: schnerkle What happened to professionalism?! That is one of the most immature news items I think I've ever read for a "legitimate" online magazine. Helen O'Hara - if you come to review this movie I hope you do so on it's merit, and not let your lack of ability to remain (politically or otherwise) impartial cloud your view ... ... and no <sigh> I don't read the Daily Mail. the hell are More

Posted by Spaldron at 20:23 on 08 February 2011 | Report This Post

RE: WTF?
L: Spaldron L: schnerkle L: Giddysamurai L: schnerkle What happened to professionalism?! That is one of the most immature news items I think I've ever read for a "legitimate" online magazine. Helen O'Hara - if you come to review this movie I hope you do so on it's merit, and not let your lack of ability to remain (politically or otherwise) impartial cloud your view ... ... and no <sigh> I don't read the Daily Mail. the hell are you talking about? More

Posted by schnerkle at 19:48 on 08 February 2011 | Report This Post

RE: WTF?
L: schnerkle L: Giddysamurai L: schnerkle What happened to professionalism?! That is one of the most immature news items I think I've ever read for a "legitimate" online magazine. Helen O'Hara - if you come to review this movie I hope you do so on it's merit, and not let your lack of ability to remain (politically or otherwise) impartial cloud your view ... ... and no <sigh> I don't read the Daily Mail. the hell are you talking about? She made one comment More

Posted by Spaldron at 18:17 on 08 February 2011 | Report This Post

RE: WTF?
L: Giddysamurai L: schnerkle What happened to professionalism?! That is one of the most immature news items I think I've ever read for a "legitimate" online magazine. Helen O'Hara - if you come to review this movie I hope you do so on it's merit, and not let your lack of ability to remain (politically or otherwise) impartial cloud your view ... ... and no <sigh> I don't read the Daily Mail. the hell are you talking about? She made one comment that was a jokey r More

Posted by schnerkle at 17:46 on 08 February 2011 | Report This Post

RE: WTF?
L: schnerkle What happened to professionalism?! That is one of the most immature news items I think I've ever read for a "legitimate" online magazine. Helen O'Hara - if you come to review this movie I hope you do so on it's merit, and not let your lack of ability to remain (politically or otherwise) impartial cloud your view ... ... and no <sigh> I don't read the Daily Mail. the hell are you talking about? She made one comment that was a jokey reference to Thatcher taki More

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Streep plays Thatcher?   Now there's a true Axis of Evil. More

Posted by matty_b at 14:46 on 08 February 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Nightmare on Downing Street!!!!
L: ODForrest Oh please God make it go away, bad enough anyone would make a film about this evil, wicked women, but not the American's, they will turn her into some kind of hero. If we go see this nightmare then there will be a plague upon us all. We have to relive that terrible time in British History from an American point of view, aaaahhhh it's all too much. do realise it is being directed and has been written by two Brits? Just because an American has the main role doesn't make i More

Posted by ReservoirBullDog at 12:59 on 08 February 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Hmmmmm
L: MikeTheActorMan I wonder how good Meryl Steep's british accent will be! sp; She's done it before and she was spot-on. In fact during the 80s she pretty much did every accent known to man. More

Posted by DancingClown at 12:20 on 08 February 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Thanks Helen O'Hara
L: Taggart Thanks Helen for making me laugh out loud to this news, brilliantly written! I wonder if the film will be just as (accurately) critical...here's hoping. t's not going to look kindly at Thatcher, the UK Film Council awarded the film £1m right before they were shut down by the ConDems. More

Posted by bburdett at 12:14 on 08 February 2011 | Report This Post

RE: More casting news
L: dannygray78 Apparently Al Pacino has been cast as Arthur Scargill. This looks like it could be quite good. OL. Nicely done, sir. (More people should see that.) More

Posted by Concise_Statement at 11:37 on 08 February 2011 | Report This Post

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