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The first full-length trailer has just been released for Florence Foster Jenkins, due in theaters this August and starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant.

The movie is based on the real life of a New York heiress (the titular Jenkins, played by multi-Academy Award winner Meryl Streep) who dreamed of becoming an opera singer and performing in Carnegie Hall.

Don’t expect a Shine-like or even Billy Elliot-esque tale of talent over adversity, however; Jenkins, who was born in 1868 and died in 1944, was hailed “the worst opera singer of all time.”

And from the look of things, it’s going to be a hoot: a cross between The King’s Speech and Sweet and Lowdown:

Hugh Grant stars alongside Streep as St Clair Bayfield, a British Shakespearean actor and loyal supporter of Jenkins, who later became the singer’s agent and common-law husband.

The cast includes Swedish actress Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation), who plays Bayfield’s wife; The Big Bang Theory‘s Simon Helberg as pianist and Jenkins’s accompanist, Cosmé McMoon; while the eagle-eyed among you will spot David Haig, Hugh’s fellow Four Weddings cast member, as Jenkins’s voice instructor Carlo Edwards.

And if that wasn’t enough, the whole proceedings are presided over by director Stephen Frears (The Queen, Philomena).

As we mentioned, we’ve got a little while to wait, though. The movie’s not set for release in the U.S. until August 2016.

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.