Meryl Streep is mad as hell, and she’s not gonna take it anymore. In The Laundromat, Steven Soderbergh’s latest, Streep plays Ellen Martin, a frustrated widow uncovering an insurance scam perpetrated by two kooky lawyers—played with sleazy panache by Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas. The duo are basically attached at the hip in the new trailer for the film, cackling like madmen and donning matchy-matchy patterned suits and robes.
The film, “based on some real shit,” as the trailer puts it, follows Martin as she tries to put a pin in this scam, which is rife with bribery, corruption and money laundering. “Somebody has to sound the alarm!” she declares. Meryl Streep, ender of scam season!
The Laundromat cast also includes David Schwimmer, Will Forte, and Sharon Stone, who recently starred in Soderbergh’s experimental whodunnit series Mosaic. (Remember Mosaic? Soderbergh stays busier than the busiest person you know.) The film is one of a handful of prestige pushes from Netflix this year, following Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, which stars Robert de Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, and Harvey Keitel and will clock in at a whopping 210 minutes.
It’s also one of two major Streep projects we’ll be given this season, coupled with Greta Gerwig’s take on Little Women. Streep stars in that film as the stern Aunt March. This is all to say that yes, Streep will probably be at next year’s Academy Awards, especially if The Laundromat is a hit. The film does not yet have a set release date, but will make its debut at the Venice Film Festival in September. Awards prognosticators, your time is nigh.
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