Meryl Streep is set to headline Jonathan Demme’s “Ricki and The Flash”.
The Diablo Cody (“Juno”) written movie is the funny and touching story of a rock n’ roll-loving woman who chased her tattered dream at the price of her family, but gets a last chance to, perhaps, make things right. Streep, the most Oscar-nominated actor in history, is well known for her singing prowess on stage and screen (Mamma Mia, Into the Woods), but Ricki is a new gig even for the musically gifted star: a guitar-wielding, hard rockin’ mamma by night and grocery store checkout lady by day.
TriStar Productions Chairman Tom Rothman said, “We feel lucky as hell to have been selected by such outstanding filmmakers to be the dive bar for Ricki and her band. We aspire to be the best roadies ever. I have been fortunate enough to have personally worked with each of the Fab Four talents involved here before and know well how supremely gifted they are. This is a great day in the life of our company.”
Marc Platt said: “Mason and I are thrilled. Diablo and Meryl are two of the women I admire most and we are lucky to be collaborating with them. Jonathan and I first worked together on ‘Philadelphia’ at TriStar, so the homecoming to the studio is particularly sweet. I know Jonathan will do a masterful job on the film and that we will all be in good hands with Tom Rothman and his team.”
TriStar Productions, which won the rights in a competitive situation, made a production commitment and shooting will commence in the fall, giving Streep time over the summer to hone her skills on the axe.