While we wait for Dame Helen Mirren to enter the realm of super villainy with her recently announced casting in Shazam: Fury of the Gods, the legendary actress has picked up another plum role that could put her back in the awards race.
The Oscar-winner for 2006’s The Queen is set to play Golda Meir, former Prime Minister of Israel, in a film titled, appropriately, Golda.
The film will be directed by Guy Nattiv, an Israeli director best known for his film Skin, a 2019 film telling the true story of a white supremacist who tries to leave behind his old ways, starring Jamie Bell. That feature film was based on a 2018 short film that won Nattiv the Oscar for Best Live Action Short.
Nicholas Martin (Florence Foster Jenkins) wrote the script for the film, which centers on Golda Meir’s leadership during the 1973 Yom Kippur War.
Nattiv shared his passion for this story, the woman the film is portraying, and the iconic actress playing her, saying, “As someone who was born during the Yom Kippur War, I am honored to tell this fascinating story about the first and only woman to ever lead Israel. Nicholas Martin’s brilliant script dives into Golda’s final chapter as the country faces a deadly surprise attack during the holiest day of the year, a core of delusional generals undermining Golda’s judgment, all the while undergoing secret treatments for her illness. I could not be more excited to work with the legendary [Helen Mirren] to bring this epic, emotional and complex story to life.”
Mirren’s accolades are too many to recount in full, but they include 4 Oscar nominations and 1 win, 16 Golden Globe nominations (and 3 wins) including one last year for the limited series Catherine the Great, and 11 Primetime Emmy nominations (with 4 wins).
It’s safe to say that this role could easily see her in the conversation for more awards attention.