Meryl Streep to play suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst in new film

'Suffragette' will co-star Helena Bonham Carter and Carey Mulligan

Meryl Streep will play celebrated suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst in a new film, it has been revealed.

Streep will take on the iconic role in Suffragette, which will be directed by Sarah Gavron with a script written by Abi Morgan. The Guardian says that Carey Mulligan will co-star as Maude, a “foot soldier of the early feminist movement”, while Helena Bonham Carter, Romola Garai, Anne-Marie Duff and Samuel West will also feature.

In playing Pankhurst, who was the leader of the British suffragette movement which helped win women the right to vote, Streep will be adding another historical role to her CV. She has previously played British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, for which she won an Oscar for Best Actress.

Streep has also received another Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her most recent role as Violet in August: Osage County and is set to star in The Giver alongside Jeff Bridges and Taylor Swift this August.