Israeli director Guy Nattiv will direct ‘Golda,’ a biographical film about Golda Meir, Israel’s first female Prime Minister. Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren (Hobbs & Shaw) has been cast as Meir.
“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,” Nattiv told Deadline. “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 Miss Mirren to bring this epic, emotional and complex story to life.”
Producer Michael Kuhn will partner with screenwriter Nicholas Martin and hope to start production as soon as October. The two previously worked together for a biopic of Florence Foster Jenkins, which won a BAFTA award for Best Makeup and Hair and a Critics’ Choice Awards for actress Meryl Streep in the Best Actress in a Comedy category.
This will be the second biopic of Meir announced in 2021, with Barbra Streisand executive producing ‘Lioness’ a television miniseries starring Shira Haas as the Middle Eastern politician. According to Deadline, this version will be based on the non-fiction book of the same-name book by Francine Klagsbrun. It will be directed by Emmy winner Mimi Leder (On the Basis of Sex). The series has yet to be picked up by a television channel.
Golda Meir was Israel’s fourth Prime Minister, serving from 1969 to 1974. Her tenure included such historical events as the Munich massacre at the 1972 Summer Olympics, a heated dispute with Austria over transitioning Russian Jews to Israel, and the Yom Kippur War. She resigned in 1974 and would write her autobiography “My Life” in 1975 before passing away in 1978.
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