“If you truly loved me, you’d let me sing,” says Meryl Streep as the talentless diva manque in this new trailer for Florence Foster Jenkins, the second movie inspired by the real-life story of the socialite who bought her way to Carnegie Hall. Judging by the international trailer ahead of the movie’s May 6 bow in the UK, Streep’s rendition takes a broader comic tone than Marguerite, the 2015 French film — currently in limited release in the U.S. by Cohen Media Group — that won actress Catherine Frot a Best Actress Cesar Award.
Both films are based on Jenkins, a wealthy Philadelphia matron and patron of the arts who spent her inheritance on singing lessons and a failed stage career, despite a comically horrendous voice. Another difference between the two films’ trailers: We don’t hear Streep sing, except for two off-key notes.
The Streep version, directed by Stephen Frears from a script by Nicholas Martin, co-stars Hugh Grant and Simon Helberg. Paramount distributes in the U.S., date TBA, with some predicting the pic could end up in the mix at the Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off a week after the UK bow. No telling when a movie comes out explaining how two films inspired by the same obscure diva fell to earth so near to one another.
Check out the Florence trailer above, and Marguerite below.