Meryl Streep shows off her honed rock and roll chops in the new trailer for Jonathan Demme’s forthcoming film, Ricki and the Flash. The family drama stars Streep as the titular Ricki, a rocker who returns home to make amends with her estranged children after finding out her daughter Julie (played by Streep’s real life daughter, Mamie Gummer) has been unceremoniously dumped.
The film draws inspiration from one of rock’s greatest tropes — choosing the guitar over the family — and the trailer finds Ricki grappling with her own choices while battling a torrent of righteous disappointment from her kids, ex-husband (Kevin Kline) and new wife (Audra McDonald). Amidst the intensity, the clip offers short bursts of rock and roll redress, as well as screenwriter Diablo Cody’s wicked sense of humor. “One day you’re gonna wake up and find a gray hair — and I don’t mean on your head,” Ricki tells Julie with a classic embarrassing mom cackle.
As Demme told Entertainment Weekly in April, the soundtrack for Ricki and the Flash was recorded in front of a live audience and includes Streep performing classic Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty cuts (“My Love Will Not Let You Down” and “American Girl,” respectively), plus a rendition of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance.” The film also features an original track, “Cold One,” written by Jenny Lewis and Jonathan Rice.
Committed actress she is, Streep practiced guitar for six months in preparation for the film. One day on set, Demme remembered, “She goes, ‘Jonathan, look! Blood!’ Meryl had shred so fiercely, a little blood had spattered on her baby blue dress.”
Ricki and the Flash opens on August 7th.