Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan Fight for Women’s Rights in First ‘Suffragette’ Trailer (Video)

Helena Bonham Carter co-stars in the drama about the battle to secure women’s voting rights in the early 1900s

Focus Features

Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter are feminist heroes fighting for the right to vote in the first trailer for “Suffragette.”

The preview released on Wednesday follows a factory worker (Mulligan) who grows frustrated with male-dominated society, and joins a group of women promoting female suffrage in England in 1912. She teams up with Streep’s character in protests that turn increasingly violent, leading Mulligan’s character to clash with a law enforcement official played by Brendan Gleeson.

“What you gonna do? Lock us all up?” asks Mulligan’s character in the Focus Features release. “We’re in every home. We’re half the human race. You can’t stop us all.”

Directed by Sarah Gavron (“Brick Lane”) and written by Abi Morgan (“The Iron Lady”), “Suffragette” hits theaters on Oct. 23.

Audiences attending the BFI London Film Festival can catch a screening of the possible awards season contender at the LFF on Oct. 7.