To all the closeted Mamma Mia fans out there: it's time to pretend not to be excited about a music-themed movie starring Meryl Streep again. Streep, the only woman Americans would ever elect as president (her charm temporarily numbs voters to gender limitations), has been slotted to star in the upcoming film Ricki and the Flash, written by Diablo Cody of Juno fame.
Columbia TriStar beat out several other big-name studios to distribute the project due to their willingness, as we say in the industry, to fast track this one. The film will begin production in the fall with acclaimed director Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs) at the helm. “We feel lucky as hell to have been selected by such outstanding filmmakers,” said TriStar chairman Tom Rothman. “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." It can be safely assumed the fab four Rothman is referencing are Meryl Streep, Meryl Streep’s smile, Meryl Streep’s talent, and Meryl Streep's unwavering moral center.
The film revolves around an aging rock star (Streep) who is striving to repair strained relationships with her children. It seems the children were not very bright, as simply being birthed by someone resembling Meryl Streep should be enough to win Rock Star Mother/Streep eternal gratitude. However, they are a bit upset about being abandoned for rock n' roll and having to raise themselves, etc., and the story will focus on Streep's attempts to get the family back to something resembling the nuclear structure.
Also, not to make any Musical Meryl fans combust, but while you wait for the release of Ricki and the Flash, you can give your Mamma Mia blue-ray a rest and pop into theaters this Christmas for Disney's Into the Woods, in which Meryl will be singing her beautiful, selfless heart out as The Witch. Word still out on how Disney will costume Streep for the role to convincingly conceal her golden heart (and hair, and skin).
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