Meryl Streep to star in thriller based on Panama Papers scandal

Meryl Streep is set to star in Steven Soderbergh's Panama Papers movie

One of the hot packages coming together has Gary Oldman, MerylStreep and Antonio Banderas circlingThe Laundromat, a Steven Soderbergh-directed drama about the Panama Papers scandal that has a script by Scott Z. Burns, based on the Jake Bernstein book Secrecy World: Inside the Panama Papers Investigation of Illicit Money Networks and the Global Elite.

Both The Darkest Hour actor, Gary Oldman and Antoni Banderas are also reported to be in early talks to join the picture.

The Panama Papers are 11.5 million documents belonging to the world's fourth biggest law firm, Mossack Fonseca, which were leaked in 2015. She will reprise her role as Donna in the Mamma Mia sequel and she will also appear in Mary Poppins Returns, playing a character named Topsy.

The film, which is now without a home (though Netflix are reportedly keen), will be based on the book by Jake Bernstein titled "Secrecy World: Inside the Panama Papers Investigation of Illicit Money Networks and the Global Elite".

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The documents contain personal financial information about wealthy individuals and public officials that had previously been kept private.

Michael Sugar, Lawrence Grey, Gregory Jacobs, Soderbergh and Burns are producing.

In a statement, "John Doe" said his "life is in danger" and told the publication he leaked the documents "simply because I understood enough about their contents to realise the scale of the injustices they described". Just as The Boston Globe unmasked systemic violence within local Catholic churches (seen in Spotlight), and The Washington Post exposed the government's deceptive involvement in Vietnam (seen in The Post), the ICIJ brought the Panama Papers to light.

Streep is known for her versatility and accent adaptation. Here We Go Again will graciously keep us in touch with the many sides of Meryl.

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