Click above to take a sneak peek at Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, a biopic of the former Prime Minister that’s set for cinema release in 2012.
Like its subject the film is dividing opinions, with the controversy fuelled this week by comments from Streep. “I still don’t agree with a lot of her policies,” said the actress of the woman who dominated British politics in the 1980s. “But I feel she believed in them and that they came from an honest conviction, and that she wasn’t a cosmetic politician just changing make-up to suit the times. She’s still an incredibly divisive figure, but you miss her clarity today.”
Upon its release, the movie – written by Abi Morgan (The Hour) and directed by Phyllida Lloyd (Mamma Mia!) – looks set to come under attack from both ends of the political spectrum. The Left is likely to complain that it humanises and exonerates Thatcher, while some on the Right will hold the opinion that it demonises and exploits her.
There aren’t too many clues on that score in the two-and-a-half-minute taster, but you do get a full flavour of the spot-on sets and costumes, the quality supporting cast (Jim Broadbent, Richard E Grant, Nicholas Farrell) and, of course, Streep’s all-important impersonation.