Meryl Streep has been cast as Florence Foster Jenkins, an American opera singer renowned for her lack of skill, in the Stephen Frears-directed Florence. Hugh Grant has been added to the cast as well, as her manager, the actor St. Clair Bayfield.
Florence Foster Jenkins was an early twentieth century heiress who was determined to become an opera singer, despite having little technical ability. Audience laughter often accompanied her performances, and fellow actors mocked her onstage behind her back.
Streep’s previous biopic role was as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, for which she won as Oscar for Best Actress.