According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount has nabbed Stephen Frears’ Florence Foster Jenkins starring Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant and Rebecca Ferguson. Promo footage for the project screened to buyers Friday at the ongoing Toronto International Film Festival. The Pathe and BBC film, now in post-production, is helmed by Frears from a screenplay by Nicholas Martin. Paramount will distribute the film in the States, with a source saying the studio plans to release it in 2016.
The project is the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins (Streep), a New York heiress and socialite who pursued her dream of becoming a great opera 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 (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.