Meryl Streep's new film co-star has everyone seeing double. Streep and daughter Mamie Gummer are starring together in Ricki And The Flash, and it's one family dramedy that I can't wait for. The film stars Oscar-dominating actress Streep as Ricki, the estranged rockstar mom of Julie (Gummer) who gets a visit from her mother after her husband leaves her. Julie isn't so thrilled to have her wild child mother back in her life, especially considering she's been MIA for most of her childhood. Of course, no matter what their relationship is, Ricki and Julie will always have one common ground, and that's their looks. The new trailer for Ricki And The Flash proves just how alike Streep and daughter Gummer look, and it's absolutely bananas.
This isn't the first time that Streep and Gummer acted on film together. In fact, Ricki And The Flash will mark the mother-daughter duo's third film together. The first screen they shared was for 1986's Heartburn, when Gummer was only three years old. Gummer played Streep's daughter in that film as well, albeit at three years old Gummer's resemblance to her mother likely wasn't as strong as it is today. In the 2007 film Evening, their resemblance was so uncanny that they shared the role of Lila — Streep played her in present day and Gummer in flashbacks. Really, it would be impossible for the two to share the screen without being related — consider this as evidence:
It's not just Streep's good lucks that Gummer has inherited. She must have caught the acting bug while working alongside Streep and Jack Nicholson in Heartburn, because she starting acting again in 2003 and made her feature film debut as an adult in 2006 alongside Richard Gere in The Hoax. Gummer's career took off from there, and appearing alongside even more big names in things like the HBO mini-series John Adams, the drama The Loss Of A Teardrop Diamond, and the horror flick The Ward. Unlike her mother, who has stuck mainly to film work, Gummer has starred on two series: Off The Map and Emily Owens, M.D., of which she played the titular role.
But before you think that Gummer is riding on her mother's coattails, think again: Gummer is a graduate of the prestigious theater school at Northwestern University, just as Streep studied her own craft at Vassar College and later Yale University's drama school. Clearly these two aren't just onscreen together because of their uncanny likeness: Gummer can hold her own alongside her mother, and it's great to see the two of them play off one another.
Oh, and in case you're wondering if Gummer and Streep have as strained a relationship as Ricki and Julia do onscreen, it certainly does not seem so. In fact, in 2008, she talked about how thrilled she was that she was living with her parents in New York — something I'm not sure that her character, Julia, could ever say. It's good to know that life does imitate art, even if this duo is once again playing mother and daughter.
Check out the new trailer below:
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