Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher: “She’s perfect casting”

By Sean O’Connell It’s widely believed Meryl Streep can handle any role, from Julia Child to responsibility-shucking Joanna Kramer.

But her upcoming role might be her most difficult. Streep will play former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady” – a biopic being filmed by Jim Broadbent – and today we are learning a few more details about the actress and her part.

“We start filming at the end of January,” Broadbent told New York Magazine while promoting “Another Year,” his awards-worthy drama with Mike Leigh.

When asked if the British people will bristle at the idea of an American (Streep) playing Thatcher, Broadbent explained that in a recent poll on a BBC morning news program regarding who should play Thatcher in a movie, Streep “actually came out on top.”

“I think it’s perceived that Thatcher needs a star, really, and she’s perfect casting in many ways,” Broadbent went on to say. “She’s got a good look, and she’ll absolutely do it in a brilliant way. She’s also got an interesting eye on the script: She can bring an outsider’s view on the story, so that it won’t become a lazy, parochial piece that Brits understand but where nobody else really knows what’s going on. She can ask the questions that foreign audiences will ask.”

As to when foreign audiences will see it, that’s still up in the air. IMDB lists a 2011 release date for the UK, but nothing else. We’ll bring you more information as we have it.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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