Streep covers U2, Lady Gaga and Tom Petty in the forthcoming comedy-drama film
A new trailer for Ricki And The Flash – the forthcoming comedy-drama in which Meryl Streep plays a fictional rock star – has been released.
Directed by Jonathan Demme (The Silence Of The Lambs, Philadelphia) from a script by Oscar winner Diablo Cody (Juno), the film stars Streep as Ricki Rendazzo, a woman who sidelined her family to become frontwoman in a rock band but gets a chance to make amends many years later when her daughter undergoes a painful divorce.
Streep’s real-life daughter Mamie Gummer co-stars as Ricki’s daughter Julie, while Kevin Kline plays Ricki’s ex-husband and Sebastian Stan appears as her estranged son. ‘Jessie’s Girl’ singer Rick Springfield takes on a supporting role as a member of Ricki’s band.
Streep sings and plays guitar on 10 songs on the film’s soundtrack: nine covers and one original, ‘Cold One’, co-written by Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice. Streep’s Ricki And The Flash covers include U2’s ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I Was Looking For’, Lady Gaga’s ‘Bad Romance’, Tom Petty’s ‘American Girl’ and Pink’s ‘Get The Party Started’.
Director Demme has said of Streep’s rock chops: “Meryl is such a versatile and charismatic singer/performer, and her movie band the Flash is kind of an amazing supergroup. A Ricki and the Flash concert film would be a joy to capture and present.”
Ricki And The Flash is released in the US on August 7 before opening in UK cinemas on September 4.