The first teaser trailer to Stephen Frears’ “Florence Foster Jenkins” is out, and it offers up the first glimpses of Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant and “The Big Bang Theory” star Simon Helberg in the upcoming music biopic. Rebecca Ferguson (“Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation”) also stars.
In the film, Streep plays the titular role of Florence Foster Jenkins, who is known for being the worst opera singer of all time. Despite being a child prodigy at the piano, her vocal talents were sorely lacking. She obsessively pursued her dream of being a famous singer, however, with the help of her common law husband and manager, Shakespearean actor St Clair Bayfield (Grant). The official synopsis is as follows:
The true story of Florence Foster Jenkins (Meryl Streep), the legendary New York heiress and socialite who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great singer. The voice she heard in her head was beautiful, but to everyone else it was hilariously awful. Her “husband” and manager, St Clair Bayfield (Hugh Grant) an aristocratic English actor, was determined to protect his beloved Florence from the truth. But when Florence decided to give a public concert at Carnegie Hall in 1944, St Clair knew he faced his greatest challenge.
The Telegraph, who first reported the news, notes that Jenkins gained notoriety in her lifetime for her hilariously awful performances. She apparently was quoted as saying, “People may say I can’t sing, but no one can ever say I didn’t sing.” Jenkins has recently gained fame thanks to some of her recordings being available on YouTube.
The film’s producers have a history of making female-driven stories. Tracey Seaward worked on “The Queen” starring Helen Mirren, and Michael Kuhn worked on the Keira Knightley film “The Duchess.”
Director Stephen Frears is known for 2006’s “The Queen” and 2013’s “Philomena.”
The film will release in the U.K. on May 6th. A stateside release date has not been announced. The exclusive teaser is currently only up on The Telegraph website and cannot be embedded yet. Go here to see the footage.
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