Meryl Streep to star as Emmeline Pankhurst in Suffragette
The Oscar-nominated actress will act alongside Carey Mulligan in the drama
Meryl Streep looks set to take on the role of British womens rights activist Emmeline Pankhurst in Sarah Gavron’s forthcoming Suffragette.
Streep, 64, is said to be in final negotiations to star alongside English actress Carey Mulligan in the historical drama. Mulligan has been cast as Maude, a young foot soldier who turns to radical, violent protesting during the feminist movement of the early 1900s.
Shooting for Suffagette is scheduled to begin in the UK on Monday, with Gavron directing from Abi Morgan’s script. Morgan worked with Streep on The Iron Lady in 2011, in which she plays another important female - former Conservative prime minister Margaret Thatcher.
Streep’s role will be much smaller than Mulligan’s but she will give an important, rousing speech during a political demonstration, industry insiders have reported.
Pankhurst became a political icon after forming the Women’s Social and Political Union to fight for female liberation in Britain. She led the suffragette movement, vandalising 10 Downing Street and employing militant tactics to encourage change after peaceful protesting proved futile.
Pankhurst, who died in 1928 aged 69, was named one of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century by Time magazine in 1999, who described as a woman who “shock society into a new pattern from which there could be no going back”.
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