A new trailer has gone online for the Margaret Thatcher biopic The Iron Lady starring Meryl Streep. For those who are unfamiliar with Thatcher, she was Britain’s austere and highly controversial Prime Minister in the 1980s. As you’ll see in this trailer, she was also Important, Changed the World, Fought for Respect, and Would One Day Rise to Be the Subject of a Movie that Desperately Wanted to Win Awards. It’s one thing to cast Meryl Streep as a famous person (there’s no faster way to an Oscar nomination), but I was stunned that there’s a King’s Speech-style scene in the movie. I’m surprised the the trailer doesn’t include the words “For Your Consideration”.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars Harry Lloyd, Jim Broadbent, Anthony Head, and Olivia Colman. The Iron Lady opens for an awards-qualifying run in New York and Los Angeles on December 30th, and will open in limited release nationwide on January 13th.
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.