Meryl Streep to play Emmeline Pankhurst

20 February 2014

Up the Women!

Meryl Streep (perhaps the world's most acclaimed actress) has signed up to play Emmeline Pankhurst, the leader of the Victorian women's rights movement, in a new period film.

Suffragette will revolve around the efforts of women to get the vote in Victorian Britain. Carey Mulligan will play a young feminist named Maude who encounters Pankhurst, the leader of the suffragette movement.

Streep, who at last count had garnered approximately thirty gazillion Oscar nominations (actually 18), can most likely expect to add this to her tally.

Abi Morgan (who wrote Streep's Oscar-winning turn in The Iron Lady) will pen the script. Sarah Gavron will direct.

Helena Bonham Carter, Romola Garai, Brendan Gleeson and Anne-Marie Duff will also star.

[Source: Empire]