Production on the film, which is adapted from Tracy Letts's Pulitzer-winning play, is set to begin in Oklahoma this September, with John Wells directing a screenplay that Letts adapted himself. Yes, this movie does indeed have "Oscar" written all over it, though it's still unclear how they'll expand a play that's set within a single house
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name, the film will star Meryl Streep as Barbara the pill-popping matriarch of the Weston family, an estranged clan drawn together after their drunken patriarch Beverly goes missing. Breslin has committed to play Jean Fordham
With a cast that includes Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep and as recently announced, Chris Cooper, a list of producers that includes George Clooney and Grant Heslov, not to mention a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play as its source material, The Weinstein Company's film August: Osage County already has a number of great things going for it. And Juliette Lewis may be added to that list.
Cooper's portrayal of Colonel Frank Fitts in the 1999 Academy Award winning film was so chilling that I'm certain that seeing his face will forever trigger a brief and haunting flashback of the sight of him standing out in the rain, staring into Kevin Spacey's garage. He's done great work since then, with roles in films like Adaptation., Seabiscuit and John Wells' The Company Men, the latter of which brings us closer to the topic at hand.
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.
It's still going to be a gargantuan task for the Weinstein Company to adapt Tracy Letts's massive play August: Osage County for the screen, but the studio is slowly building up the star power to at least make the road a little smoother. Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep are already set to take the two lead roles
Letts has turned in his script, and while many playwrights turned screenwriters often need a collaborator to polish their draft into something shoot-worthy, an insider at the Weinstein Co. insist Letts draft is nearly ready to go into production. The question now is when. That decision is almost entirely dependent on the two major stars August: Osage County has attached: the always in-demand Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts ...
The choice of Wells as a director-- perfectly capable but not too exciting-- kind of sums up why I'm not thrilled about this news. Of course Meryl