Helen Mirren, the acclaimed global superstar of acting, has turned many heads with her eyecatching new role. Not just content with playing a character, Mirren immerses herself beneath prosthetics to portray former Israeli Prime Minister, Golda Meir, in the new movie “Golda”.
As one would expect with such a daring choice, this decision stirred up a fair amount of controversy, with critics voicing concern over a non-Jewish actor filling such an iconic role.
However, the “Golda” team, including the director himself, were quick to vouch for her at the film’s debut at the Berlin Film Festival. They backed her casting and praised her talent, leaving audiences to make up their own mind on the performance.
To provide more context, “Golda” is a movie that showcases Helen Mirren playing Golda Meir ─ Israeli Prime Minister during the Yom Kippur War of 1973 that lasted for a grueling 19 days.
A full-throttle look into Meir’s political career, the movie puts a spotlight on her remarkable efforts to defend her nation, forge a pivotal partnership with the USA, and determine the future of Israel. No doubt Mirren has stepped into rather large historical shoes with this role.
The cast also boasts talent such as Camille Cottin and Liev Schreiber alongside Mirren and the film falls under the trusted direction of Oscar-winning filmmaker, Guy Nattiv, known for his short film “Skin” which later made it to the big screen.
“Golda” is all set to go live in theaters on August 25. In anticipation, you can check out the riveting trailer below.
As for the film storyline: “Golda” unfolds during the dramatic 19 days of the Yom Kippur War in 1973. Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir (portrayed by Mirren), faced the threat of Israel’s total annihilation.
She needs to grapple with staggering odds, a dubious cabinet, and negotiate a fraught relationship with US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
With countless lives hanging in the balance, her steely leadership and empathy would ultimately shape the fate of her nation and leave an enduring (even if controversial) legacy worldwide.
Here’s the official trailer of “GOLDA” for you to watch: