The international teaser trailer for the Margaret Thatcher biopic The Iron Lady has gone online. Because Meryl Streep can be nominated for an Oscar for just about anything she does and because the Academy loves impersonations of historical figures within a dramatic context, I’d say Streep is looking pretty good for her 17th Oscar nomination (it also helps that she’s an incredible actress). This is all a way to say that if The Iron Lady hits US theaters before the end of the year (and since it debuts in the UK in January 2012, it would probably be ready before year’s end), one of the Best Actress nominations will be taken. Sorry, other actresses.
Hit the jump to check out teaser trailer. The Iron Lady also stars Harry Lloyd, Jim Broadbent, Anthony Head, and Olivia Colman.
Click over to The Guardian to see a higher-res version of the trailer.
London, 2008. In her well-appointed apartment, the elderly former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher prepares breakfast for her husband Denis, as she has every morning of their married life. It’s not until Margaret’s personal aide bustles in that we see that Margaret sits at the table alone. Denis is alive only in her imagination.
Once described in life as “always present, never there”, Denis is still present for Margaret. Is he a loving memory made flesh? A manifestation of her grief? Or perhaps her conscience, taking her to task?
Locked in the infuriating inaction of retirement and battling ill health, Margaret is ambushed by memories. Fragments of her private life and of her premiership crowd in to her mind and she relives them in vivid detail. As she struggles to maintain her equilibrium, Denis teases and needles her. The struggle, the triumphs, the betrayals – in the end, what did she achieve? When all is said and done, was it worth it?
THE IRON LADY is the story of a woman who came from nowhere to smash through barriers of gender and class to be heard in a male dominated world. It is a film about power and the price that is paid for power, a story that is both unique and universal.