Osage County is about to welcome two new high-profile residents: Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts.
The Weinstein Company confirmed today that, after being in talks with the Oscar-winning actresses for over a year, Streep and Roberts will appear on screen together for the first time for the adaptation of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer- and Tony-winning play August: Osage County. TV vet John Wells (Shameless, ER, The West Wing), who was recently at the helm of the Ben Affleck drama The Company Men, is on board as director. (As we put it back in 2010, “BIGGEST. MOVIE. EVER.”)
Streep and Roberts will play mother and daughter in the film, taking on the roles of pill-popping matriarch Violet and complicated, headstrong daughter Barbara, respectively. “After seeing Meryl Streep’s mesmerizing portrayal as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, it has me even more excited and proud to costar with her,” Roberts said in a statement.
When the three-act August: Osage County opened on Broadway in 2007, the Midwestern family drama was heralded as a one of the greatest American plays thanks to its crackling dialogue and tour-de-force performances (Deanna Dunagan won a Tony as Violet and Amy Morton was nominated as Barbara).
“I’m delighted and feel very privileged to have the opportunity to direct Meryl and Julia in this magnificent piece written by Tracy Letts,” said Wells, adding, “Meryl’s extraordinary body of work made her the only conceivable choice to play Violet. Coupled with Julia’s effortless mastery of every role she undertakes and her fearlessness as an actress, I’m confident this first ever collaboration with Meryl and Julia will produce an exciting and moving film.”
August: Osage County is slated to begin production in the fall.