Julia Roberts & Meryl Streep Team for 'August: Osage County'
Two of the most popular and successful actresses are teaming up for what promises to draw a huge female audience into theaters. Deadline reports Academy Award nominated actresses Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep are coming together to star in an adaptation of Tracy Letts' August: Osage County, the Pulitzer Prize winning book and Tony award-winning play. Letts also wrote the screenplay for John Wells (The Company Men) to direct. The story takes off when the father of the Weston clan disappears one hot summer night, and the family reunites at the Oklahoma homestead, where long-held secrets are unflinchingly and uproariously revealed.
Streep will play Violet, the drug-addicted matriarch of the working class Weston clan while Roberts will play Barbara Fordham, the oldest daughter in the family. Violet's problems and her penchant for revealing family secrets is a big issue, but Barbara is melting because her husband is cheating on her with a college student. They are brought together when Violet's husband goes missing and all three of their daughters come home to rally around mom. In the process, a lot of family secrets get revealed. Apparently the project has been in development for several years at The Weinstein Company, and it finally seems to be coming together thanks to their knew relationship with John Wells after picking up The Company Men. Sounds like Oscar bait to me. Anyone interested?