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See Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher

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See Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher

Meryl Streep and Margaret Thatcher Alex Bailey; Dave Benett/Getty Images/Us Magazine

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."

See Meryl Streep in this clip of "Julie and Julia":

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