Streep will mother ‘Candidate’

Sinatra, Rudin producing updated pic

Meryl Streep will join Denzel Washington in Paramount’s Jonathan Demme-directed remake of “The Manchurian Candidate.”

She will take on the role played by Angela Lansbury in the 1962 John Frankenheimer-directed original. Shooting begins in late September.

Produced by Scott Rudin and Tina Sinatra, “The Manchurian Candidate” is scripted by Daniel Pyne.

Original pic starred Frank Sinatra as a veteran who returns from the Korean War with disturbing memory lapses. Turns out he’s a pawn in a deadly political plot. Original was based on a 1959 novel by Richard Condon.

Streep worked with producer Rudin on “The Hours.” She was Oscar nominated for the Spike Jonze-directed “Adaptation” and just completed the six-hour HBO adaptation of Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America,” starring alongside Al Pacino and Emma Thompson.

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