Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher Film Acquired

Meryl Streep's Margaret Thatcher drama The Iron Lady has been acquired for U.S. distribution by The Weinstein Company (TWC).

Directed by Mamma Mia!'s Phyllida Lloyd, and featuring Jim Broadbent as Thatcher's husband, Denis, The Iron Lady is expected to hit U.S. theaters some time in 2011. That, of course, means the 17th Oscar nomination for Meryl Streep, and quite possibly a nod (whether as lead or supporting actor) for Jim Broadbent as well. Remember, TWC was the company behind the multi-Oscared The King's Speech.

Written by Abi Morgan, The Iron Lady is described thus in the TWC press release:

… a surprising and intimate portrait of Margaret Thatcher (Meryl Streep), the first and only female Prime Minister of The United Kingdom. One of the 20th century's most famous and influential women, Thatcher came from nowhere to smash through barriers of gender and class to be heard in a male dominated world.

In other words, expect something along the lines of The Queen and The King's Speech, instead of a hard-hitting look at the woman who did her best to destroy Britain's welfare state.

TWC acquired The Iron Lady in partnership with Ron Burkle. It's their third joint acquisition of 2011, following those of two Elizabeth Banks vehicles: Jesse Peretz's Our Idiot Brother, also featuring Paul Rudd and Zooey Deschanel, and Jacob Aaron Estes' The Details, with Tobey Maguire and Laura Linney.

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  1. Bettybmusing

    Now this I want see !