In the late 18th and early 19th century, women put their traditional gender roles aside to tackle a feat much larger than them: joining the women's suffrage movement. In commemoration of those who fought for women's rights, Focus Features' upcoming film Suffragette will highlight the struggles and triumphs of Britain's strongest women.
Brand new posters for Suffragette were released today in honor of the U.K.'s Emmeline Pankhurst Day, which honors those who - instead of staying quiet - stood up for women everywhere and their right to vote, against all odds. From what I've seen already, this movie will be one of the more powerful watches in 2015.
The faces of three strong women in Hollywood - Helena Bonham Carter, Carey Mulligan, and the legendary Meryl Streep - are featured in "Most Wanted"-style posters. Their expressions speak resolve in the face of adversity, and only add to my mounting excitement for this film. Check them out below:
Helena Bonham Carter
Helena Bonham Carter will play Edith New, who helped pioneer the use of vandalism as a means of activism in the desperate struggle for suffragette rights.
Carey Mulligan is billed simply as Maud, a young, working mother who finds herself at the crux of a rebellion.
Oscar-winner Meryl Streep takes on the daunting role of Emmeline Pankhurst, the famous activist and leader of the suffragette movement in Britain.
I have no doubts that, given a phenomenal cast and compelling storyline, Suffragette will be a strong contender across multiple Oscar categories.
If you haven't already, watch the stunningly powerful trailer for Suffragette here:
Suffragette currently has a limited release set to reach U.S. theaters on October 23 and the U.K. starting October 30.