Meryl Streep to play Thatcher

MUMBAI: Meryl Streep is in talks to with director Phyllida Lloyd for a biopic of the former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher. The film titled Thatcher will have Jim Broadbent playing Margaret Thatcher‘s husband, Denis.

The film is set in 1982 and tracks Thatcher as she tries to save her career in the 17 days preceding the 1982 Falklands War. The 2 1/2-month war was a turning point for the prime minister, who, after the victory, saw her approval ratings double after which she went on to win a second term.

The story of the film was developed by producer Damien Jones along with screenwriter Brian Fillis.

If everything goes well, the role of the ex-prime minister would be the highest-profile character yet tackled by Streep who has bagged Oscar nominations for playing real-life women such as Karen Silkwood, author Susan Orlean and cooking guru Julia Child.

Lloyd, a British theater director known for her work in the opera world, elicited energy and brought out youthfulness in Streep in her feature adaptation of Mamma Mia! that grossed more than $600 million worldwide in 2008.

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