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Meryl Streep Told to Sing 'Badly' as Florence Foster Jenkins in Upcoming Biopic

The Daily Mail writes that Meryl Streep, who is starring as Florence Foster Jenkins in Stephen Frears' upcoming biopic, has been told to "sing as badly as she possibly can" in order to reflect the "coloratura soprano's" one-of-a-kind style.

Florence Foster Jenkins was known for her having legions of fans, despite the fact that she was unable to hit a high note. Throughout her career, It remained unclear whether opera-goers showed up for her performances out of adoration for the singer or a strong desire to get a good laugh.

The Mail also reports that Russian opera star Aida Garifullina has joined the cast, alongside previously announced Hugh Grant, Rebecca Ferguson, Nina Arianda and Simon Helberg.

Frears is directing from a script by Nicholas Martin. Currently shooting in the U.K., the film is being produced by Michael Kuhn.

Streep has appeared on Broadway in Happy End, The Cherry Orchard, Secret Service, and Trelawny of the Wells, as well as off-Broadway's Wonderland in Concert and Alice in Concert.

The actress recently appeared in Rob Marshall's film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's musical Into the Woods. Other upcoming films include The Homesman, and The Good House. Her past movie credits include Hope Springs, The Iron Lady, It's Complicated, Julie & Julia, Doubt, Mamma Mia!, The Devil Wears Prada, The Hours and many more.

Photo source: The Hollywood Reporter

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