New York: British actor Jim Broadbent believes that Oscar-winner Meryl Streep is perfect to play the Margaret Thatcher in upcoming biopic`The Iron Lady`.
Broadbent, who will essay Thatcher`s husband in the movie opposite Streep, says they begin shooting in January. The movie is being directed by Phyllida Lloyd.
Broadbent does not believe that British public will resent an American playing the role Britain`s first female prime minister.
"I think it`s perceived that Thatcher needs a star, really, and she`s perfect casting in many ways. She`s got a good look, and she`ll absolutely do it in a brilliant way,"he told New York Times Magazine.
"Years ago a film about Thatcher was attempted, and they had a phone-in vote on a BBC morning news program:`Who do you think should play Margaret Thatcher?`And Meryl actually came out on top!".
He thinks Streep will help widen the perspective of the movie, making the Thatcher story more approachable to a global audience.
"She`s also got an interesting eye on the script: She can bring an outsider`s view on the story, so that it won`t become a lazy, parochial piece that Brits understand but where nobody else really knows what`s going on. She can ask the questions that foreign audiences will ask,"he said.