Meryl Streep has joined the cast of Steven Soderbergh feature, The Laundromat, reports confirm. Both The Darkest Hour actor, Gary Oldman and Antoni Banderas are also reported to be in early talks to join the picture.
Details of Streep’s character are being kept under lock and key but sources describe it as “being the emotional throughline of the movie.”
The film is based on the book by Jake Bernstein titled Secrecy World: Inside the Panama Papers Investigation of Illicit Money Networks and the Global Elite. It has a screenplay by Scott Z. Burns who has a history of frequently working alongside Soderbergh.
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The Panama Papers were leaked documents that showed how Mossack Fonseca, a Panamanian law firm, allowed the wealthy and the connected to funnel money illegally in and around the world.
The documents contain personal financial information about wealthy individuals and public officials that had previously been kept private. While offshore business entities are legal, reporters found that some of the Mossack Fonseca shell corporations were used for illegal purposes, including fraud, tax evasion, and evading international sanctions.
Michael Sugar, Lawrence Grey, Gregory Jacobs, Soderbergh and Burns are producing.
Streep will next be seen returning to her role as Donna Sheridan Mama Mia: Here We Go Again in which Lily James will play her younger self. She will also be making an appearance in Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns as Topsy. The role will see her reunite yet again with Mama Mia cast members Colin Firth and Julie Walters, as well as The Devil Wears Prada’s, Emily Blunt.