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Meryl Streep has reportedly signed on to star in Suffragette, a project that would find the iconic actress starring as Emmeline Pankhurst. She would star alongside Carey Mulligan.
ScreenDaily, which first reported the news, notes that Streep will only have a small role in the film, but it’s an important one. She gives a major, “tour de force” speech on women’s rights.
The film would reunite her with The Iron Lady writer Abi Morgan. It is being financed by Pathe, Film4 and the BFI, with Sarah Gavron directing. Mulligan has been cast as Maude, a radicalized supporter of the feminist movement who even resorts to violence.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the producers on the project are Faye Ward and Alison Owen of Ruby Films with executive producers Cameron McCracken, Tessa Ross and Katherine Butler.
Suffragette starts filming in the U.K. on Monday.
Streep is up for another Oscar for August: Osage County. She’s already won three, with her most recent coming in 2012 for The Iron Lady.
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