Brendan Gleeson is to star opposite Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Romola Garai, Anne-Marie Duff, Ben Whishaw and Samuel West in the new film Suffragette.

ScreenDaily, which broke the news of Gleeson's casting, says the film begins shooting in the UK next Monday, February 24.

Mulligan plays Maude, a "foot soldier of the early feminist movement" who resorts to violence in a bid to achieve change, while Streep will play Suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst.

There are no details at present on Gleeson's character in the film, which will be directed by Sarah Gavron (Brick Lane) from a script by Abi Morgan (The Invisible Woman, The Hour, The Iron Lady, Shame, Brick Lane).