Andrea Riseborough Up For August: Osage County
The Weinstein Company has been grooming their upcoming adaptation of August: Osage County for greatness (read: total award season domination) since their acquisition of the acclaimed stageplay at the height of its Broadway run. They hired its Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Tracy Letts to draft the adapted screenplay, landed heavy hitting Hollywood royalty for two of the leads, and brought in George Clooney and his producing partner Grant Heslov to help produce the picture. With each of these contracts building a more solid foundation for their prestige pic.
In short, August: Osage County is destined for attention, making it the perfect launchpad for a performer on the brink of stardom. And the U.K.'s Daily Mail says the starlet poised for her well-earned breakthrough may well be Andrea Riseborough. The enchanting English ingénue has had eye-catching roles in Brit flicks Happy-Go-Lucky, Made in Dagenham and Never Let Me Go, but hasn't yet made an impact Stateside. However, the paper reports Riseborough has entered into final negotiations to star opposite Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts.
August: Osage County revolves around the hilariously dysfunctional Weston family. And while Streep has committed to play Violet, the pill-popping matriarch, Roberts will play her eldest daughter, Barbara, a high-strung professor. Should she sign on, Riseborough would play Karen, Violet's youngest who is engaged to a man whose lack of worth she resolutely refuses to recognize. Beyond being an amazing opportunity for Riseborough, her casting would be a real boon for the production as this elegant actress has repeatedly proved a strong supporting player and compelling screen presence.
August: Osage County is expected to shoot this fall.
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