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Steven Spielberg's new film starring Meryl Streep
and Tom Hanks hits US theaters on December 22 2017.
  June 19th, 2012       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

According to BBC News, George Clooney is to produce the film version of Tracey Letts’ play, August: Osage County, which will star Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts. The play, about a dysfunctional family brought back together after their poet father disappears, won the Pulitzer and the Tony awards for best drama in 2008. Streep and Roberts will play mother and daughter in the film. “It’s such a terrific group and we feel honoured to help bring it to the screen,” said Clooney in a statement. The Weinstein company is backing the movie adaptation, while John Wells is directing. Wells is best known for his TV work including ER, Mildred Pierce and the US adaptation of Shameless. And Clooney will be joined by co-producer Grant Heslov, who was also behind the star’s previous films The Ides of March and Good Night and Good Luck. “Grant and I are thrilled to work on this project… I can’t think of anyone better than Harvey to put this all together,” Clooney continued. Weinstein returned the compliment: “George and Grant are gifted producers, with great taste and instincts, and a work ethic that is second to none.” Streep will play a matriarch who is addicted to prescription drugs, while Roberts will portray her eldest daughter Barbara. The play made its Broadway debut in December 2007 after premiering at Chicago’s Steppenwolf theatre earlier that year. The rest of the cast has still to be announced. Shooting will begin in the autumn.

  • Nick

    This is exciting news. I saw the play — Tracy Letts is a terrific playwright–
    and this will be another fascinating portrayal from Meryl, whom I hope is never reduced to supporting roles. This play has a large cast, and I’m sure there’s not an actor/actress drawing breath who doesn’t want to be part of it.

  • Marc

    I can’t wait for this one! Could result in another busy awards season for Meryl, given the fact that she shines in dramatic roles.

  • louise

    Meryl & George havent really teamed up in a romantic comedy movie yet so i wish to see them both work in other capacity – as co actors but it is also nice to know that George will be producing Meryl’s Osage County movie + Julia Roberts in it, it will surely be a hit

  • Emma (EmmaLoveJen on Youtube)

    This movie is sounding better and better

  • Jane

    George Clooney, Harvey Weinstein, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep … this is going to be big…
    I would love to see Meryl and George in a movie together.

  • lindi

    With Harvey Weinstein I´m on board