Meryl Streep has been nominated for an Academy Award sixteen times in her illustrious career – and when it was announced that she’d be playing British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Weinstein Company’s biopic The Iron Lady, many of us were ready to pencil her in for number seventeen. Not so fast, though – a new teaser trailer for the film has caused some to reconsider whether Streep is a shoe-in for another Best Actress nod.
To be fair, this clip is only a teaser – so it’s hard to make any sort of real judgment about how The Iron Lady will turn out. That being said, this snippet makes some really baffling decisions – like using music from the Moon soundtrack – and cutting to a Streep decked out in what might be the worst prosthetic teeth we’ve ever seen outside of a Z-grade vampire flick.
Everyone knew The Iron Lady would face a bit of an uphill struggle from the start – it’s directed by Phyllida Lloyd, who brought us Mamma Mia, after all. There’s a directorial choice that doesn’t exactly inspire confidence. Despite that, many of us suspected Streep’s involvement, along with a strong supporting cast featuring Jim Broadbent, Anthony Head, and Richard E. Grant, would pull it through. That may still be the case, but the jokey tone of this clip has certainly done a lot to lower our expectations.
TWC is still betting The Iron Lady will generate loads of awards buzz and are planning to release it on December 16th here in America. A January 2012 release will follow for England – where they’re sure to have a different take on the material than domestic audiences.
Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.