Meryl Streep to play suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst

Meryl Streep has been confirmed to play suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst in a new film about the early activists in the feminist movement in Britain.

The film, titled Suffragette, also has a great collection of British actors and actresses in roles, including Carey Mulligan as Maud, an early feminist campaigner who resorts to violence after seeing how unsuccessful peaceful protests are.

The cast also includes Helena Bonham Carter, Anne-Marie Duff, Samuel West, Romola Garai, Ben Whishaw, Natalie Press and Brendan Gleeson.

Filming is currently taking place in London and Kent, with director Sarah Gavron and screenwriter Abi Morgan, who has previously worked with Meryl Streep on her Academy Award winning performance as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.

Emmeline Pankhurst was the leader of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) in the early 1900s, and the film will show the peaceful protests the group used in their quest for equality, until eventually being forced underground after clashes with the government.

Meryl Streep is nominated for her eighteenth Academy Award this year for her performance as Violet Weston in August: Osage County, which could become her fourth win.

Suffragette is expected to be released in 2015.

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