The film will chronicle the life of Florence Foster Jenkins (Streep), an heiress and socialite whose driving passion was opera. Specifically, she wanted to get on stage and sing, but was held back by the fact that she could barely warble a correct note.
Yet while Florence was convinced that the voice she heard in her head was mellifluous and lovely to all, her partner/manager, aristocratic actor St. Clair Bayfield (Grant) became determined to protect that delusion, convincing everyone around them to support her. He ended up organising a Carnegie Hall concert for her in 1944, which racked up ticket sales of more than 3,000. Jenkins died a month later. Helberg is set as pianist Cosmé McMoon, who accompanied her on stage.
Frears is getting set to direct the film with no release date set right now. Helberg last worked on romantic drama comedy We'll Never Have Paris (2014), which he co-wrote, produced and directed alongside his wife, Jocelyn Towne.