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Hollywood star Streep to take on the Iron Lady

ACADEMY award-winner Meryl Streep is in discussions to play Margaret Thatcher in the countdown to the Falklands War, it was reported today.

The star could take the lead role in a biopic of the long-serving former British prime minister which is being developed by Mamma Mia! director Phyllida Lloyd.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Thatcher's late husband Denis could be played by Jim Broadbent, who is also said to be in talks.


The film, being developed by Pathe and BBC Films, is set in 1982 and examines the moments leading up to Britain going to war with Argentina over its invasion of the islands.

The conflict was a pivotal moment in her political career, which went on to cause her popularity to soar and ensured the second of her three general election wins. The film is to be produced by Damian Jones, whose previous credits have included the Ian Dury film Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll.


Brian Fillis, who has written the screenplay, has previously scripted BBC biopics of Fanny Cradock and Harry H Corbett, as well as the Quentin Crisp film An Englishman In New York.

Other real-life figures played by Streep in previous movies have included chef Julia Child in Julie And Julia.