The Devil Wears Prada and Meryl Streep

In 2003, Lauren Weisberger released her debut novel, The Devil Wears Prada, a comedy about a young woman hired to be the personal assistant of a powerful and notoriously harsh fashion magazine editor. Upon its publication The Devil Wears Prada attracted attention because Weisberger had worked for Anna Wintour, the somewhat infamous editor-in-chief of American Vogue. Of course, audiences presumed the novel to be autobiographical, something Weisberger weakly denied. Immediately, the book was a bestseller, and a film adaptation was quickly greenlit.

But who would play Miranda Priestly, the beastly fashion queen who terrorized everyone around her? Who could possibly live up to the near-legendary status of a character so clearly inspired by one of the most recognizable and feared women in fashion? Well, who can play a legend but another legend?

For the 2006 adaptation of The Devil Wears Prada, the filmmakers wanted only one woman to play Miranda: Meryl Streep.

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