Paramount Pictures, in a push to get more eyes on “Florence Foster Jenkins,” is re-releasing the film in theaters Dec. 2. The film originally bowed in August and grossed around $27 million domestically.
Select AMC theaters in Chicago, Boston, Dallas, San Francisco, New York, Seattle and more will show the film.
Star Meryl Streep could receive her 20th Academy Award nomination for her role in the film. With the move, Paramount is undoubtedly pushing for that. Co-star Hugh Grant is a possibility in Best Supporting Actor as well.
The film is also a strong contender for the Golden Globes, due to its separate categories for dramas and comedies. (The film plays well as a comedy.) Streep is this year’s recipient of the Cecil B. Demille lifetime achievement award there as well.
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 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’ past credits include 2006’s “The Queen” and 2013’s “Philomena.”
The film released on Digital HD today, and will release on Blu-ray/DVD Dec. 13.
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