Directed by Stephen Frears, the Paramount release co-stars Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg and Rebecca Ferguson
As the current Oscar season draws to a close, it’s time to look ahead to next year, when Meryl Streep could return to the race after being shut out this year with “Suffragette” and “Ricki and the Flash.”
Streep stars in “Florence Foster Jenkins,” a Stephen Frears film about a terrible opera singer, unaware of her own shortcomings, who pursues her dreams despite her lack of talent.
Hugh Grant plays St Clair Bayfield, her “husband” and manager who is determined to shield her from the truth. He faces his greatest challenge yet when Florence, a well-known New York heiress and socialite, decides to give a public concert at Carnegie Hall in 1944.
The film is not a traditional music biopic and is more of a comedy than a drama, as it co-stars Simon Helberg (“The Big Bang Theory”), Nina Arianda (“Midnight in Paris”) and Rebecca Ferguson, the breakout star of “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation”).
Paramount has not announced a release date in the U.S., but “Florence Foster Jenkins” will sing in U.K. theaters in May, suggesting its American debut isn’t far behind.
Watch the trailer above and let us know if you think Streep will be in the awards mix next year in the comments section below.
For the record: An earlier version of this post had an incorrect date for Jenkins’ Carnegie Hall concert.