FILMING has begun on a new movie starring Meryl Streep and depicting the defining moments in the career of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
And MP for Grantham Nick Boles says he will invite the Grantham-born politician to attend a premiere of The Iron Lady in the town if there is sufficient support for the event.
A photo showing Hollywood star Meryl Streep looking uncannily like Thatcher was released this week to accompany news that filming has begun.
She said: “The prospect of exploring the swathe cut through history by this remarkable woman is a daunting and exciting challenge.”
The film looks at Thatcher’s political career, with a focus on the tumultuous 17 days leading up to the Falklands War.
Mr Boles told the Journal he will definitely go to see the film when it is released.
He said: “I think it’s great because Meryl Streep is one of the finest actresses alive and Margaret Thatcher is one of the most interesting figures of recent British history.
“I hope the film isn’t a rather predictable caricature or hatchet job.
“It wouldn’t be that surprising considering the general political attitudes of Hollywood.”
Mr Boles gave his backing to the idea of holding the premiere of the film in Grantham.
He said: “I’m certainly very happy to invite her if there’s general support for the idea.”
Production company Pathé describes the film as the story of “a woman who smashed through the barriers of gender and class to be heard in a male-dominated world”.
Thatcher’s husband Denis will be played by Jim Broadbent. Anthony Head will play Chancellor Geoffrey Howe and Richard E Grant will take on the role of secretary of state for defence Michael Heseltine.
Thatcher was born in North Parade, Grantham, above the grocery store owned by her father Alf Roberts, in 1925. She attended Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School and later studied at Oxford University.
In 1959 she became MP for Finchley, rising to leader of the Conservative Party in 1975.
She became Prime Minister following the general election of 1979 and was in power until her leadership was challenged in 1990.