Having stepped into the shoes of a failed rock star for last autumn’s big release, Ricki and the Flash, Meryl Streep is no stranger to radical transformations – but for her latest role, she’s showing off an entirely new talent – singing…terribly! The comedy drama, Florence Foster Jenkins, is directed by Stephen Frears (Philomena, The Queen) and tells the true story of the eponymous New York heiress who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great singer, despite not being able to sing at all.
While the voice Florence heard in her head was divine, to the rest of the world, it simply wasn’t – but she became popular because of the amusement she unknowingly provided. At private recitals, her devoted husband and manager, St Clair Bayfield (Hugh Grant), protected her from the truth; when Florence decided to give her first public concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall however, he realised he might have bitten off more than he could chew.
The all-star cast includes Simon Helberg (The Big Bang Theory) as Florence’s long suffering piano accompanist, Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation) and Nina Arianda (Midnight in Paris). With Streep at the helm, here’s hoping the film will be as fabulous as she is.
Get a taste of the action in the teaser trailer below. While Florence’s singing voice isn’t revealed in the first teaser trailer, the facial expressions of Hugh Grant, Nina Arianda and Simon Helberg say it all…
Florence Foster Jenkins is in cinemas from 6th May.