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Meryl Streep on playing the savvy politician in ‘Don’t Look Up’

Meryl Streep holds the highest number of Oscar nominations than any other actor and has taken home three.

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Meryl Streep is frequently called the greatest actress of her generation. This box-office queen holds the highest number of Oscar nominations than any other actor and has taken home three. From playing the boss lady in The Devil Wears Prada to beautifully capturing Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, Meryl Streep comes with a long line of riveting works, we just can’t get enough of. She is now back to amaze us with her performance in Netflix’s upcoming comedy film ‘Don’t Look Up’, where she will be seen playing President Orlean, who knows how to navigate her way around the system.

Talking about her role and how there’s been a rise in powerful female lead characters, Meryl said, “We’ve become accustomed to loving horrible people. The anti-heroine is much less common. Take The Devil Wears Prada. Miranda Priestly is one of those people who’s disagreeable, but I understood her more because she had such a burden on her. But President Orlean wears the burden of leading the country very lightly. She hardly gives a second thought to it. It’s really about self-aggrandizement”.

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Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence), an astronomy grad student, and her professor Dr. Randall Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio) make an astounding discovery of a comet orbiting within the solar system. The problem – it’s on a direct collision course with Earth. The other problem? No one really seems to care. Turns out warning mankind about a planet-killer the size of Mount Everest is an inconvenient fact to navigate. With the help of Dr. Oglethorpe (Rob Morgan), Kate and Randall embark on a media tour that takes them from the office of an indifferent President Orlean (Meryl Streep) and her sycophantic son and Chief of Staff, Jason (Jonah Hill), to the airwaves of The Daily Rip, an upbeat morning show hosted by Brie (Cate Blanchett) and Jack (Tyler Perry). With only six months until the comet makes impact, managing the 24-hour news cycle and gaining the attention of the social media obsessed public before it’s too late proves shockingly comical — what will it take to get the world to just look up?!

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