Screenshot: Pathé reveals first image from "Florence Foster Jenkins" ©2015 Twitter

Screenshot: Pathé reveals first image from “Florence Foster Jenkins”
©2015 Twitter

(Relaxnews) – Pathé has revealed the first image from the Stephen Frears comedy “Florence Foster Jenkins,” which began filming earlier this month.

Meryl Streep (“Into the Woods”) plays the title character while Hugh Grant (“Notting Hill”) plays her partner, St Clair Bayfield; also in the cast are Simon Helberg (“The Big Bang Theory”), Rebecca Ferguson (the upcoming “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation) and Nina Arianda (“Midnight in Paris”).

Directed by Frears (“Philomena”), “Florence Foster Jenkins” tells the true story of a New York heiress and socialite who dreamed of becoming a great opera singer.

Her voice, however, was considered by others to be “hilariously awful,” according to the film’s description, a reality that St Clair Bayfield wished to protect her from, even when Florence decided to give a performance at Carnegie Hall in 1944.

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