Meryl Streep's 'Suffragette' allowed to film in Houses of U.K. Parliament

By Daniel S Levine,

Suffragette, a new film set to star Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep, is be the first film ever to be allowed to shoot in the Houses of the U.K. Parliament.

Administration Select Committee chairman Sir Alan Haselhurst told BBC Radio 4 that the committee approved of the film’s subject. The Houses could also use extra funds to keep the historic Houses clean.

Haselhurst called this a “test case,” adding that, “Nobody is disadvantaged.” He continued, “It is taking place in a way that absolutely does not affect the normal operation of Parliament, and if it helps the bottom line, then I would have thought the public would say, 'You are being prudent.”

Streep was linked to the project last month. It centers on Maude, a radical supporter of the women’s rights movement, played by The Great Gatsby’s Mulligan. Streep will have a small role as Emmeline Pankhurst, but gets to deliver a major speech on women’s rights.

The film was written by Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady) and Sarah Gavron is directing, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

Suffragette’s scenes in the Houses of Parliament will be filmed during the Easter break. Other actors cast in the film include.

Streep received her record 18th Oscar nomination this year for August: Osage County. She has won three times, most recently for 2011’s The Iron Lady. She’ll next be seen in The Giver and Into The Woods.

As for Mulligan, she just appeared in The Great Gatsby and Inside Llewyn Davis.

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