This August, we’re getting a nice bit of counter-programming with the lighthearted comedy Florence Foster Jenkins. The film is based on the true story of the “legendary New York heiress and socialite (Meryl Streep) who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great singer.” There was just one problem: Ms. Jenkins’ singing voice was terrible. However, the story has a sweet center because her “’husband’ and manager, St. Clair Bayfield (Hugh Grant), an aristocratic English actor, was determined to protect his beloved Florence from the truth.” The conflict comes when Jenkins decides to give a public concert at Carnegie Hall.
Paramount has released a new featurette for the film, and it’s a nice bit of background on the character relationships, and yet it hides away the “draw” of the picture, which is Florence’s laughably bad singing voice. If that’s a part that’s being played for comedy, it’s weird that they should try to hide it. Instead, everyone here is just talking about how bad her voice is (the character, not Streep; Streep is, as in all things, unimpeachable). I suppose this is the lighthearted comedy equivalent of not giving away your major action scenes in your first trailer.
Check out the Florence Foster Jenkins featurette below. The film opens August 12th, and also stars Simon Helberg, Rebecca Ferguson, and Nina Arianda.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Set in 1940s New York, Florence Foster Jenkins is the true story of the legendary New York heiress and socialite (Meryl Streep) 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, St. Clair knew he faced his greatest challenge.