06 Apr Helen Mirren to Star as Israeli Leader Golda Meir in Guy Nattiv’s ‘Golda’
Helen Mirren, who won an Oscar for “The Queen,” will portray Israel’s legendary Prime Minister Golda Meir in “Golda.” The film will be directed by Academy Award winner Guy Nattiv, and produced by BAFTA winner Michael Kuhn (“Florence Foster Jenkins,” “The Duchess”).
Embankment will represent international sales, with CAA Media Finance and ICM jointly handling the North American rights. Production is eyeing an October start.
The screenplay – written by Nicholas Martin (“Florence Foster Jenkins”), who also produces – focuses on the intensely dramatic and high-stakes responsibilities and decisions that Meir, also known as the “Iron Lady of Israel,” faced during the Yom Kippur War.
Nattiv won an Academy Award with his short film “Skin,” which he then developed into a full-length feature starring Jamie Bell, Vera Farmiga and Danielle Macdonald. The film was awarded the Fipresci Prize for first-time director at the 2018 Toronto Film Festival, where it was acquired by A24 Films.
Mirren received the Academy Award for her portrayal of Elizabeth II in “The Queen.” She received additional Oscar nominations for her roles in “Gosford Park,” “The Last Station,” and “The Madness of King George.” Mirren will next be seen in the film “The Duke,” which debuted at the 2020 Venice Film Festival, Universal’s ninth instalment of the “Fast & Furious” franchise, “F9,” and the Amazon anthology series “Solos.” She is also known for recent starring roles in “Woman in Gold,” “Eye in the Sky,” “The Debt,” as well as the “Red” franchise.
In television, Mirren is best known for her widely-acclaimed portrayals of Jane Tennison in “Prime Suspect,” and the title role in “Catherine The Great” in the recent Sky/HBO limited series.
Mirren is represented by CAA. Nattiv and Martin are represented by ICM Partners. Nattiv is also represented by ADD Content Agency in Israel and Cohen Gardner LLP.
Embankment’s slate includes Florian Zeller’s “The Father,” which has received six Academy Award nominations, including best film, and six BAFTA nominations. The company is executive producing “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry,” starring Jim Broadbent, which they recently launched at Berlin’s EFM.