First still released of Meryl Streep and Hugh grant in Stephen Frears’ Florence Foster Jenkins.

Florence Foster Jenkins

Pathé today released the first still of Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant in Florence Foster Jenkins. The film is currently shooting in the UK.

The image depicts Meryl Streep as Florence Foster Jenkins with Hugh Grant as her partner St Clair Bayfield.

The film is the true story of the legendary New York heiress and socialite who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great opera singer. The voice she heard in her head was beautiful, but to everyone else it was awful.

Her “husband” and manager, St Clair Bayfield, an aristocratic English actor, was determined to protect her 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.

Florence Foster Jenkins is directed by Stephen Frears from a screenplay by Nicholas Martin. The cast also includes Simon Helberg, Rebecca Ferguson and Nina Arianda.

Producers are Michael Kuhn for Qwerty Films and by Tracey Seaward in her seventh collaboration with Frears.

Executive producers are Pathé’s Cameron McCracken, BBC Films’ Christine Langan and Qwerty’s Malcolm Ritchie.

The film is a Pathé and BBC Films presentation with the participation of Canal+ and Cine+ of a Qwerty Films Production.

Pathé will distribute the film in the UK and France and will handle sales throughout the rest of the world.