Meryl Streep is in talks to re-team with Mamma Mia! director Phyllida Lloyd for Thatcher, a biopic of the former British prime minister. The movie will center on Thatcher’s attempts to save her career in the 17 days leading up the Falklands War in 1982. She was also, for those who don’t follow history, the only woman to ever hold the post of Prime Minister in Britain’s history.
This news comes to us from The Hollywood Reporter, which is also quick to point out the fact that Jim Broadbent (Harry Potter, Moulin Rouge) is in talks to play Thatcher’s husband, Denis. If the deal goes through, Thatcher would certainly be “the highest-profile character yet tackled by Streep, who has garnered Oscar noms for playing real-life women such as whistleblower Karen Silkwood, author Susan Orlean and cooking guru Julia Child.”
Lets face it — Meryl Streep does what Meryl Streep wants. And she gets nominated for Oscars as a result. If she wants to play the foxy Baroness Thatcher, I say let her go for it. There’s nothing like a stuffy former leader of the Brit Conservative party to get my blood boiling. It’s the accent, I tell ya.
Also in play is Streep’s previously announced collaboration with Jeff Bridges and Mike Nichols in Great Hope Springs, a film about an aging couple that has an ultra-intense weekend of marriage counseling. Both films would be due in 2012, leaving Meryl a frontrunner for another multiple Oscar nomination year. And there’s nothing you can do to stop her.
Side note: There is nothing wrong with me still having the hots for Meryl Streep, right?