Meryl Streep has signed on to star in Steven Soderbergh‘s upcoming movie, The Laundromat, which is based on Jake Bernstein‘s book, Secrecy World: Inside the Panama Papers Investigation of Illicit Money Networks and the Global Elite.
Having already starred in one film this year revolving around sensitive documents – Steven Spielberg‘s The Post – the three-time Academy Award winner has signed on to be the “emotional throughline of the movie”, according to sources. No other details regarding her role are available at the moment, but THR reports that Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas are in early talks to join the film as well.
The Panama Papers were leaked documents that showed how Mossack Fonseca, a Panamanian law firm, allowed the wealthy and the connected to funnel money illegally in and around the world. Scott Z. Burns, having previously worked with Soderbergh on 2011’s disaster thriller Contagion, has written the screenplay.
Along with the news of the Streep joining the cast, the report also suggests that Soderbergh is considering Netflix as the distributor for the upcoming film. His recent films haven’t blown the box office away – though were never likely to – and Soderbergh has always been a forward thinking filmmaker, so partnering up with the streaming giant makes plenty of sense.
We’ll wait and see if an agreement is reached. Until then, Streep can be seen later this year in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again and Mary Poppins Returns.