Cannes Film Festival: Meryl Streep's 'The Iron Lady' biopic gets pickup


The Iron Lady has gotten some weighty support.

The Meryl Streep biopic about British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was picked up for distribution in the United States by The Weinstein Co., which has a good track record with British biopics. Last year, Harvey and Bob Weinstein steered The King’s Speech through a contentious award season to an ultimate Best Picture win at the Academy Awards.

They are likely to push for a repeat of that recent history with this film, which focuses on the 1982 Falklands War and co-stars fellow Oscar-winner Jim Broadbent as Thatcher’s husband, Denis. Phyllida Lloyd, who worked with Streep on Mamma Mia!, is directing.

The pick-up news came out of the Cannes Film Festival today, where footage from the unfinished movie was shown to potential distributors at the world’s biggest film market. “Having worked with both Meryl Streep and Jim Broadbent, I know that they are without peer as film actors. Even so, I was absolutely blown away by what I saw of their performances as Margaret and Denis Thatcher. Phyllida is doing an incredible job,” Harvey Weinstein said in a statement.

He said The Iron Lady would be released by the end of 2011, naturally — which would qualify it for the next awards race.

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Read more:
EW’s Cannes Film Festival Coverage
Meryl Streep channels Margaret Thatcher in ‘The Iron Lady’
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Comments (11 total) Add your comment
  • Sandra Shaw

    I’m sure that this was one of Oliver Stone’s projects six or seven years ago and he wanted Meryl Streep to play Margaret Thatcher.

  • crispy

    Wouldn’t it be awesome if this was a sequel to Iron Man?

    • Dee


  • fridaysrule

    I think Meryl is going to finally get that third Oscar she deserves

    • Juneau

      From your lips to God’s ears.

      • yarnpiggie

        yeah I am pretty sure that God cares about the Oscars.


    Great makeup.

  • Christa

    Is it a sign that I’m getting old that I just got really excited about this?

  • Susan

    Ms. Streep can transform herself into anyone. It will be another triumph for her. I can’t wait.

  • Kallis

    Ok, I thought the Iron Lady looked hot in her younger days. Here, not so much.

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