Meryl Streep does rock ‘n roll

ricki-and-the-flashI’m looking forward to Meryl Streep’s latest role. In “Ricki and the Flash,” she plays an aging woman (Ricki) who chased her dreams of becoming a famous rock star by abandoning her family back in the 80s. Things didn’t quite go to plan. She gets a last chance to put things right when her ex-husband Pete asks her to visit Chicago and help their estranged, divorced-daughter Julie through a difficult time.

Billed as a comedy-drama, the film will debut on August 7, 2015. It promises to be bittersweet, coming from Juno-writer Diablo Cody. In many ways, the script’s modeled on Cody’s own life.

“I often think to myself, are my kids going to think it’s cool that I wrote movies or be angry that I wasn’t always there to pick them up?” Cody asked Hollywood Reporter. “When I talk to friends of mine who grew up in the industry, they always seem really proud of their fathers’ success but ambivalent about their mothers’. Is that fair?”

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Rock musicians face the same problem. Touring’s expensive. It’s hard on the body, and for most musicians, it doesn’t pay worth a damn. On top of that, it takes musicians away from their families while they pursue what’s likely a pipe dream.

Streep actually learned how to play guitar for the role. And she’s joined on the screen by famous rocker Rick Springfield (of “Jessie’s Girl” fame). Springfield plays a band member with a thing for Ricki. Rumor has it, he’ll be showing off his guitar skills in the movie, too.

“The irony for Rick here is that in his career, he is a singer first and foremost, and has a fantastic lead guitar player with him on all tours,” Jonathan Demme told the Daily News. “In ‘Ricki and the Flash,’ Rick takes lead and shreds on the highest of levels — a thrill to see and hear. And, in ‘Ricki and the Flash,’ no lead vocals, he just sings backup. Hilarious!”

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