Suu Kyi, Monroe & Thatcher.

29Jul11

I know I rarely do posts that aren’t reviews, but there are three big biopics coming up this year, each concerning a hugely important woman, and that felt worthy of a break from tradition. This looks to me like 2011 will be a good year for actresses, and about time too. I can think of few roles over the last decade where women have been allowed to truly excel.

The lucky women who have landed these roles are Michelle Williams, set to arrive on our screens as Marilyn; Meryl Streep, who will be embodying Margaret Thatcher; and Michelle Yeoh, who will be playing Aung San Suu Kyi. I get the impression that the latter will be the closest any of the three get to art-house, though all three look sufficiently conventional to be accessible to large audiences.

Interestingly, it’s not just the Thatcher film that is a British production – all three have British funding, and My Week With Marilyn is set entirely in London. No doubt the Suu Kyi biopic will reach the BFI’s Film Festival in October, and the other two will arrive on our screens just in time for the Oscars 2012. Until then, enjoy these two promotion photos. The trailer for The Iron Lady can be found here.

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