Pathe pictures have announced the start of principal photography for their biopic of political behemoth Maggie Thatcher and with it they have unveiled the first picture of Meryl Streep as The Iron Lady, the tabloid nickname which serves as the film’s title.

Streep is reunited with director Phyllida Lloyd, last seen behind the camera for Mamma Mia, and the script is from Abi Morgan. A stroke of casting genius sees Jim Broadbent as Denis Thatcher and it is understood that the film will take us through the life of Thatcher from humble beginnings as Margaret Hilda Roberts, grocer’s daughter, all the way to her time as the first female British Prime Minister.

The other cast is made up of some fine actors including Richard E Grant, Olivia Colman, Nicholas Farrell, Susan Brown, Roger Allam, Anthony Head and John Sessions.

This is the accompanying blurb,

THE IRON LADY tells the compelling story of Margaret Thatcher, a woman who smashed through the barriers of gender and class to be heard in a male-dominated world. The story concerns power and the price that is paid for power, and is a surprising and intimate portrait of an extraordinary and complex woman.

Here’s the picture, which has Streep portraying Thatcher as far more glamorous than history remembers her, don’t get me wrong she’s not elevated to the position of PMILF, but Streep’s look is certainly human. I’m presuming that some sort of CG will be employed to rectify that.

Here’s a picture of ol’ Thatch in real life, like Davros at a stag party.