PIC: See Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher

Entertainment Feb. 8, 2011 AT 9:59AM
PIC: See Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher Credit: Alex Bailey; Dave Benett/Getty Images

Meryl Streep has done it again: The Oscar-winning actress has absolutely disappeared into a new role -- this time becoming Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, an upcoming biopic about the British prime minister's rise to power in the 80s.

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"The prospect of exploring the swathe cut through history by this remarkable woman is a daunting and exciting challenge," Streep, 61, said in a statement of becoming Thatcher, now 85.

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Startling transformations -- and masterfully achieved accents -- are nothing new for Streep, of course: She became Julia Child in Julie and Julia, an Anna Wintour-esque fashion editor in The Devil Wears Prada, an accused Australian woman in A Cry in the Dark and many, many more.

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She added of her latest role: "I am trying to approach the role with as much zeal, fervor and attention to detail as the real Lady Thatcher possesses - I can only hope my stamina will begin to approach her own."

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