Meryl Streep To Play Emmeline Pankhurst
Meryl Streep is to play political activist Emmeline Pankhurst in a new film called Suffragette, it has been reported.
The film, about the early days of the women's rights movement, is due to start filming on Monday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Great Gatsby star Carey Mulligan will portray a young woman who is radicalised and turns to violence after peaceful protests fail to achieve anything.
The website said Streep's role in the film, which has a script written by Abi Morgan who worked with the actress on The Iron Lady, will be small.
Pankhurst was leader of the suffragette movement in the early twentieth century and helped women gain the right to vote.
The women were heavily criticised for their militant tactics which included arson, smashing windows and throwing rocks at Number 10.
Streep is nominated for her 18th Academy Award this year following her role in the adaptation of the Tracy Letts play August: Osage County.
She has already proved she can play political heavyweights and master an English accent after her award-winning portrayal of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher.
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