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Steven Spielberg's new film starring Meryl Streep
and Tom Hanks hits US theaters on December 22 2017.
  October 10th, 2014       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

According to the Daily Mail, Meryl Streep is in negotiations to star in a film about an opera singer who couldn’t hit a note. American-born Florence Foster Jenkins had legions of fans who filled her concerts, but it was never clear whether they genuinely enjoyed her piercing screeches — or were just going along for a laugh. Streep, who can carry a tune, has been talking to director Stephen Frears about making the movie about the lady with the variable tempo and less than perfect pitch. Maureen Lipman appeared in a play several years ago about Jenkins called Glorious, and there was a line in it about what the great Caruso said when he heard her sing. ‘I’ve never heard anything like it!’ he apparently told her, though she took it as a compliment. Hugh Grant is also in talks to play Jenkins’s manager, who may well have been more to her than that. Frears works well with women. Look at The Queen with Helen Mirren, or the movies he’s made with Judi Dench (the recent Philomena is a particular stand-out). His work is being celebrated during the BFI London Film Festival, when he will be awarded a BFI Fellowship. At least Meryl won’t need any singing lessons for this latest role. Many thanks to Frank for the heads-up.

  • g buckman

    The likely source material for the Jenkins story is a play produced on Broadway about ten years ago called “Souvenir” starring Judy Kaye, a Tony nominee for her portrayal of Jenkins.

  • Jane

    True, it would be very funny if Meryl played a very good and a very bad opera singer one after the other, but why should she not? If she gets the offer and wants to do it who cares? I am excited about this news and it sounds like it could be really good!
    PS: I had never heard of Florence Foster Jenkins before and researched her on youtube. I didn’t think that it would really be that bad ;-) I don’t know why but I think it would be really cool if Meryl did this :-) I just wish she wouldn’t play real people all the time…

  • Andrew

    It seems a bit similar to Meryl playing Maria Callas. Why would she do another film that would be similar to one she is already doing so soon afterwards? It doesn’t make sense.

  • Michael S.

    Amazing, incredible news ! I have long dreamed of a Meryl Streep-Stephen Frears movie . Think this collaboration will be glorious and out of this world !
    Hope they start in 2015 !