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Meryl StreepWell, what's going on with casting decisions in the movie business lately? Following on from yesterday's rumour that Johnny Depp will be starring as Doctor Who in a big screen version of the beloved television series, we now have news that a Margaret Thatcher biopic is in the works... with the Iron Lady being played by none other than Meryl Streep.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Streep may be teaming up once again with director Phyllida Lloyd for a Pathe-BBC co-production entitled simply 'Thatcher'. Lloyd took the ABBA musical Mamma Mia! to the stage and directed Streep in the movie version, which then went on to be the biggest selling UK DVD ever (not bad for your film directing debut).

Read more about the planned Thatcher biopic after the jump... Meryl StreepWell, what's going on with casting decisions in the movie business lately? Following on from yesterday's rumour that Johnny Depp will be starring as Doctor Who in a big screen version of the beloved television series, we now have news that a Margaret Thatcher biopic is in the works... with the Iron Lady being played by none other than Meryl Streep.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Streep may be teaming up once again with director Phyllida Lloyd for a Pathe-BBC co-production entitled simply 'Thatcher'. Lloyd took the ABBA musical Mamma Mia! to the stage and directed Streep in the movie version, which then went on to be the biggest selling UK DVD ever (not bad for your film directing debut).

Anyway, it's highly doubtful there'll be any songs or cheerfulness in the planned biopic, as it'll focus on the dark days of 1982, just before the start of the Falklands War. Thatcher was desperately clinging on to power at the time although, weirdly enough, her approval ratings shot up when she sent UK troops to battle Argentina.



While surrounding players will be fine British actors like Jim Broadbent (as Thatcher's husband, Denis), the casting of Streep as the only female Prime Minister in British history is surely a controversial one. There's no doubting her acting skills or ability to pull off an impeccable accent but, really, where was Helen Mirren when these casting ideas were being knocked around? She made an utterly convincing Queen and the role of Thatcher is simply tailor-made for her.

What do you think? Is it right that classic British character roles such as Thatcher and Doctor Who should go to American actors, simply because they may have more box office power?