Meryl Streep to Play Margaret Thatcher

October 22, 2010  |  1:00pm

Sounds like Meryl Streep might be gearing up for Oscar nomination number 17 with this one.

Streep is set to play former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in an upcoming biopic.

The Iron Lady will also star Jim Broadbent as Thatcher’s husband Denis. Broadbent told the AP that Streep’s portrayal of the famous Tory leader will be “sympathetic.” The movie will focus on the days leading up to the Falklands War in the 1980s.

Meanwhile, the 85-year-old Iron Lady is currently hospitalized and undergoing treatment for the flu.

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