Meryl Streep to Star in Panama Papers Thriller for Steven Soderbergh (Exclusive)
15 May, 2018, 23:20
According to THR, Soderbergh's new film, The Laundromat, which is based on which is based on the book by Jake Bernstein titled Secrecy World: Inside the Panama Papers Investigation of Illicit Money Networks and the Global Elite, is being eyed by Netflix for potential distribution.
Antonio Banderas and newly minted Oscar-winner Gary Oldman are also in talks to star. The film will focus on "the largest leak of corporate data in history, when 11.5 million documents from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonesca were revealed back in 2015 and detailed the various legal and illegal ways powerful people and corporations hide their money in offshore accounts".
Streep will next be seen returning to her role as Donna Sheridan Mama Mia: Here We Go Again in which Lily James will play her younger self. His frequent collaborator Scott Z. Burns wrote the script for The Laundromat.
The documents contain personal financial information about wealthy individuals and public officials that had previously been kept private.
Soderbergh, Burns, Michael Sugar, Lawrence Grey, and Gregory Jacobs will produce the movie.
In a statement, "John Doe" said his "life is in danger" and told the publication he leaked the documents "simply because I understood enough about their contents to realise the scale of the injustices they described".
The Laundromat follows in the footsteps of Spotlight and The Post as a film that venerates journalism and journalists' role in combatting corruption - a theme that feels increasingly pertinent. Streep has also received 32 Golden Globe nominations, winning eight-more nominations and competitive wins than any other performer. Marina Walker, ICIJ deputy director, and Gerard Ryle, who leads the ICIJ's headquarters staff in Washington D.C., and oversaw the more than 400 journalists in 76 countries on the Panama Papers, are also on-board to collaborate on the film. Lucky for us, she's showing no signs of slowing down.