Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts cast in August: Osage Country

Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts have been cast as mother and daughter in an adaptation of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play August: Osage County, Deadline reports.

John Wells (The Company Men) will direct Streep as Violet Weston, a pill popping matriarch, and Roberts as her strong-willed, eldest daughter Barbara. Letts has written the screenplay, which is described as a dark comedy and tells of a family crisis that brings the disbanded Weston women back to the family home in the Midwest – and to their dysfunctional mother.

Interestingly, Deadline reported this ideal pairing back in September 2010, but it seems a deal has only now been struck and production is set to begin later this year.

Roberts commented that “After seeing Meryl Streep’s mesmerising portrayal as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, it has me even more excited and proud to co star with her.”

Discuss: Can you see the family resemblance?

One Response to “Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts cast in August: Osage Country”

  1. I think that’s great casting. Not knowing the novel, when I first looked at the photograph I was assuming that they were to play sisters. Okay, okay, Meryl is a tad older than Julia, but she has about her a timeless look so that I could have accepted them as sisters with 10 or 15 year age difference. As mother and daughter? Yes, it does work for me. Remember, daughters often look as much like their fathers as they do their mothers, so …

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