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Steven Spielberg's new film starring Meryl Streep
and Tom Hanks hits US theaters on December 22 2017.
  February 19th, 2014       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

According to ScreenDaily, Meryl Streep is set to play iconic political activist Emmeline Pankhurst in Ruby Films drama “Suffragette”, which begins shooting in the UK on Monday (Feb 24). The Oscar-winning actress is in final negotiations to join the project, which will reunite the star with The Iron Lady writer Abi Morgan and financier Pathe. ScreenDaily understands that Streep will have a small but important role in the film, which will see her character give a “tour de force” speech on women’s rights during a political rally. Additional high profile casting has rounded on the project in recent weeks and will be announced in the coming days. Pathe, Film4 and the BFI are among backers on the drama, in which Carey Mulligan stars as Maude, a “foot soldier of the early feminist movement” who becomes radicalized and turns to violence as a route to change. Sarah Gavron (Brick Lane) directs “Suffragette”, producers are Ruby’s Faye Ward and Alison Owen. Executive producers are Pathe’s Cameron McCracken and Film4’s Tessa Ross and Katherine Butler, while Chris Collins is lead exec for the BFI Film Fund.

  • Heather Burdett

    What a wonderful film this could be – the suffragettes have played such a privotal role in history and even though hers is apparently a small role, with this speech she could claim the film as her own. Also, I love the way she is often happy to play a supportive role and help to make the film a success for someone else. She is such a generous and loving spirit, no wonder everyone wants to act with her.

  • Emma (Emmalovejen on youtube)

    If this is true ekkk! exciting!

  • Sonja

    Well, we all know she’s a feminist from head to toe, so I can’t imagine her turning this iconic role down.
    3rd BAFTA for sure, even if it’s “only” in Supporting.