Meryl Streep channels Margaret Thatcher in 'The Iron Lady'

meryl-streep-thatcherBehold, the first still of Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in the upcoming biopic The Iron Lady. The film reteams Streep with her Mamma Mia! director Phyllida Lloyd and focuses on the 17 days leading up to the 1982 Falklands War.

Pearl necklaces and button earrings will make anyone look like a politician — see: every impression of Hillary Clinton, ever — but it takes a special kind of talent to hold one’s face in a stress position for an entire movie. Meryl Streep! She can do everything.

It’s almost like elaborate make-up and fake teeth can really transform someone’s appearance, PopWatchers. But I’m still really impressed by how convincingly not Meryl Streep-y this photo seems. Aren’t you?

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  • KarlaT

    Meryl Streep is simply amazing!
    love her <3

    • SXiPPY

      Meryl Streep is like my vibrator- she pleasures me in every position she is cast. I’m picking up good vibrations over this role!

      • the truth

        okaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyy……..
        *moving on*

  • Andrea D

    Makeup is an amazing art. You can tell it is Streep, but wow she really looks like Thatcher!

  • Zach

    Oscar. This actually looks a little too lightweight (given the director), but you know what? Give it to Meryl already.

    • Che

      Agree! I smell an Oscar already! Ha!

    • @Zach

      Really worried about the director.

    • Mr. Holloway

      Great point about the director (other than pretty scenery, Lloyd brought absolutely nothing to the table with “Mamma Mia”), but let’s not forget that Streep has picked up Oscar noms for stuff like “Music of the Heart” and relatively light fare like “The Devil Wears Prada.”

      At this point, she could probably pick up a nom in her sleep.

  • Cameron Yarde Jnr

    Good God! When I first heard about the idea of Streep playing Thatcher I was sceptical. But she really does look like her. The question is will she sound like her?

    • Ke

      Its Meryl Streep.

      • tracy bluth

        That’s really the only answer you need.

    • Lorie

      Meryl Streep is the queen of accents. She will surely sound like Thatcher.
      Wow, she looks so much like her! I, too, smell an Oscar already.

  • irene

    at first I didn’t recognize her!! And I’m a big fan, so I’m very familiar with her face ;)
    Gosh, if they don’t give her an Oscar for that movie (yes, I already know she will be mind-blowing!) I’ll kick some a**es!!

  • Renaton

    Gotta admit, sfor some strange stupid reason, when I was just glancing at the site I read “Iron Man”, and I thought “Whata hell is Margaret Thatcher doing with Tony Stark?”.

    Ok, now that I see it, she looks so much like Margaret Thatcher! This will be interesting, not as interesting as Meryl Streep ias one of The Avengers, but still…

  • Amazing

    She is the greatest actress ever, from Sophie Choice to the Devil Wears Prada, her ability to totally disappear and transform into that character is astounding. cant wait to see this

  • harry

    Meryl Streep ROCKS!!!!

  • Earl

    Wow, that looks terrific. The crew obviously did a great job, and Streep will be brilliant in the role. Shes the greatest actor in the business…male or female.

  • Canadian

    The expression on her face is totally Thatcher. Streep has 2 amazing things for her: unending acting talent and real ability to mimic. I’m sure her accent and voice will be perfect and she’ll will the Oscar again….and she should have won the Oscar last year for doing the same thing with Julia Child. I just hope they keep writing scripts for older female characters so she never retires.

    • the truth

      Meryl Streep is not just another older female. Screenwriters will literally create scripts JUST for Meryl. She’ll never have to worry about work. She is one in million.

  • Allen

    Wow! That expression is totally Thatcher! I’m not the least bit surprised.

  • Tom

    Meryl is one of the greatest actress’ of our time…hands down. Mama Mia aside…she has been nothing short of AMAZING in every film she’s every made. Love her.

  • Bobby’s Robot

    She’s been brilliant for decades and she keeps getting better.

  • tracy bluth

    Can I buy a ticket now? I’m sure she’ll be outstanding as always!!!!

  • Patrick

    MERYL STREEP IS AMAZING! OSCAR 2011 for The Iron Lady and OSCAR 2012 for August: Osage County. That is my prediction.

    • the truth

      amen brotha.

    • maggie

      Word. I totally agree.

    • efrain

      I was going to say the same thing Praise The Lord!

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