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  • Etchie
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    Stephen Frears’ ‘Florence’: AFM
    by October 21, 2014 8:13am

      Philomena director Stephen Frears is reteaming with Pathé for another project about an eponymous real-life female protagonist. Currently in pre-production, Florence is the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, the New York heiress and socialite who coveted a career as a great opera singer, but who lacked any real ability. Meryl Streep is attached to play the title role with Hugh Grant also attached for the role of her partner and manager St Clair Bayfield. Bayfield was an aristocratic English actor who was determined to protect Florence from thetruth that while the voice she heard in her head was beautiful, to everyone else it was hilariously awful. Baz Bamigboye at the Daily Mail first tipped the news and Pathé International, which will begin sales at the AFM next month, has now confirmed details. The film has a script by Nicholas Martin which will tell Foster Jenkins’ story through to her 1944 Carnegie Hall concert which sold some 3,000 tickets. She died a month later.

      Michael Kuhn (The Duchess, Being John Malkovich) and Frears’ longtime collaborator Tracey Seaward (Philomena, The Queen) are producing. Frears is coming off of the Studiocanal/Working Title Untitled Lance Armstrong Biopic with Ben Foster. He’s repped by Casarotto Ramsay in the UK and ICM Partners in the U.S.; Streep and Grant are repped by CAA.

      For the uninitiated, below is a link recording of Foster Jenkins singing “Adele’s Laughing Song” from Die Fledermaus. Maureen Lipman starred in Glorious! a West End version of her story in 2005 that was written by Peter Quilter. There was also a Broadway revue about her that same year, but her life has never been brought to the screen:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMu9PKWthLE

       


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      TomHardys
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      #164001

      La Streep coming for her 19378378272722th nomination, I see.

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      Etchie
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      We now have a Pathe’ & Stephen Frears … A BIOPIC TRILOGY.

      1. The Queen = Helen Mirren
      2. Philomena = Judi Dench
      3. Florence = Meryl Streep

       

       

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      M
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      #164003

      Streep should hand this role over to Kathy Bates. The real life woman was plus size.

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      Etchie
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      We now have a Pathe’ & Stephen Frears … A BIOPIC TRILOGY.

      1.  The Queen = Helen Mirren

      2.  Philomena = Judi Dench

      3.  Florence = Meryl Streep

      And a Pathe’ & Meryl Streep BIOPIC TRILOGY:

      1. The Iron Lady = Margaret Thatcher
      2. Suffragette = Emmeline Pankhurst
      3. Florence = Florence Foster Jenkins

       

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      vinny
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      #164005

      This movie sounds good but I really wonder if Grant can hang with Streep onscreen. Was Colin Firth not avaialble?

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      Macbeth
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      Streep should hand this role over to Kathy Bates. The real life woman was plus size.

      I agree – its almost the same as Glenn Close playing Susan Boyle. They just don’t look the part 
      This biopic would be a great chance for Kathy Bates to get another nomination or win, and for someone like Margo Martindale to get recognized  

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      Eddy Q
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      ^ Both Bates and Martindale’s voices are too low – yes Jenkins couldn’t sing her high notes in tune, but she was always approximately in the right range. This role needs a vocal chamleon like Streep, and also, perversely, someone who can sing – it’ll be important to know where to draw the line and not go too far with the vocal and rhythmical ineptitude.

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      M
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      ^ Both Bates and Martindale’s voices are too low – yes Jenkins couldn’t sing her high notes in tune, but she was always approximately in the right range. This role needs a vocal chamleon like Streep, and also, perversely, someone who can sing – it’ll be important to know where to draw the line and not go too far with the vocal and rhythmical ineptitude.

      Kathy Bates is a singer.

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      Etchie
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      Read a tweet reaction that Jessica Chastain had a Panic Attack on this official announcement.

      Hope with excitement …..

      Do you wonder why ???

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      Etchie
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      A “fill-in-the-blank” quote:

      “People may say I can’t sing, but no one can ever say I didn’t sing,” — Florence Foster Jenkins

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      Etchie
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      This movie sounds good but I really wonder if Grant can hang with Streep onscreen. Was Colin Firth not avaialble?

      Hugh Grant’s role looks baity, Gigolo-type and really have potentials for Supporting Actor nomination-win.  This could be another chance for HG to prove himself.

      Agree on Colin Firth and other good candidates are Clive Owen & Jude Law. 

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      vinny
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      [quote=”vinman422″]This movie sounds good but I really wonder if Grant can hang with Streep onscreen. Was Colin Firth not avaialble?

      Hugh Grant’s role looks baity, Gigolo-type and really have potentials for Supporting Actor nomination-win.  This could be another chance for HG to prove himself.

      Agree on Colin Firth and other good candidates are Clive Owen & Jude Law. 

      [/quote]

      Jude Law would have been a great choice too. 

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      ETPhoneHome
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      I swear, if Streep gains a significant amount of weight for this role, the plaque for Best Actress can be engraved instantly.

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      Eddy Q
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      [quote=”Wilkomirsk11″]^ Both Bates and Martindale’s voices are too low – yes Jenkins couldn’t sing her high notes in tune, but she was always approximately in the right range. This role needs a vocal chamleon like Streep, and also, perversely, someone who can sing – it’ll be important to know where to draw the line and not go too far with the vocal and rhythmical ineptitude.

      Kathy Bates is a singer.[/quote]

      Fine, but still too low.  

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