Florence Foster Jenkins is a 2016 British biographical comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Frears and written by Nicholas Martin. The film stars Meryl Streep as Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress who became an opera singer notorious for her lack of singing skills. Other cast members include Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg, Nina Arianda, and Rebecca Ferguson. Filming began in May 2015, and the premiere was held in London on 12 April 2016.
Florence Foster Jenkins (Meryl Streep), an heiress in New York who owns a music club and lives for music, aspires to become an opera singer with the help of her husband St. Clair Bayfield (Hugh Grant) and her pianist Cosmé McMoon (Simon Helberg), despite her generally poor singing ability.
On 21 October 2014, Variety reported that Stephen Frears would next direct a biopic Florence, scripted by Nicholas Martin, about Florence Foster Jenkins, a famous opera singer. Meryl Streep was set to play Jenkins while Hugh Grant was set to play stage actor St. Clair Bayfield, Jenkins’ partner and manager. Michael Kuhn and Tracey Seaward would produce the film, which Pathé would finance and handle the sales at American Film Market.
In November 2014, the film was sold to international distributors, and Pathé would distribute the film in the United Kingdom, France and Switzerland.