Helen Mirren to Play Former Israeli PM Golda Meir in Biopic

Take my money now!

Helen MirrenOscar-winner Helen Mirren (The Queen) will portray Israel’s iconic and only female Prime Minister, Golda Meir, in new feature biopic Golda.

Produced by BAFTA-winner Michael Kuhn (Florence Foster Jenkins), Golda will be directed by Oscar-winner Guy Nattiv (Skin). Embankment will represent international sales with CAA Media Finance and ICM jointly handling the domestic rights.

Production is eyeing an October start.

The screenplay by Nicholas Martin (Florence Foster Jenkins), who also produces, focuses on the dramatic and high-stakes decisions that Meir – also known as the “Iron Lady of Israel” – faced during the Yom Kippur War, which followed Egypt, Syria, and Jordan’s surprise attack on the Sinai Peninsula and the Golan Heights in 1973.

Guy Nattiv said: “As someone who was born during the Yom Kippur War, I am honored to tell this fascinating story about the first and only woman to ever lead Israel. Nicholas Martin’s brilliant script dives into Golda’s final chapter as the country faces a deadly surprise attack during the holiest day of the year, a core of delusional generals undermining Golda’s judgment, all the while undergoing secret treatments for her illness. I could not be more excited to work with the legendary Miss Mirren to bring this epic, emotional and complex story to life.”

I could hardly think of a better choice. Besides being one of the finest actresses around, Helen Mirren is also a huge fan of Israel and the Jewish people.

Helen Mirren

Now I’m just hoping for an announcement that Robert Downey Jr will be playing Menachem Begin in an upcoming biopic, and my year will be complete.


David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media