Saturday, 18 April 2015

Simon Helberg set for Florence Foster Jenkins

While he has had a few film parts in the past, Simon Helberg is probably best known at the moment for playing nerdy engineer Howard Wolowitz in US sitcom The Big Bang Theory. He now looks set for a bigger role though, with news arriving via Deadline that has joined Stephen Frears' (The Queen) latest film, Florence Foster Jenkins, which will see the actor sharing the screen with Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady) and Hugh Grant (Love Actually).

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.

1 comment:

  1. The correct spelling of the name is Cosme McMoon.

    Donald Collup
    Producer, "Florence Foster Jenkins: A World Of Her Own"