Stephen Frears, who helmed “The Queen” and “Philomena,” is on board to direct “Florence” from a script by Nicholas Martin. Pathe will launch foreign sales at AFM.
Streep stars as a New York heiress determined to become a famous opera singer despite her lack of talent. Grant will play her partner and manager, actor St. Clair Bayfield.
The film is in pre-production. Michael Kuhn and Tracey Seaward will produce.
Jenkins persisted in performing during the late 1920s to the mid 1940s and dismissed public ridicule. “People may say I can’t sing, but no one can ever say I didn’t sing,” she said at one point.
Frears recently completed shooting a Lance Armstrong biopic with Ben Foster starring.
The castings were first reported by the Daily Mail.