August: Osage County, may not have the catchiest of names, but it’s certainly got a good cast, with the news that Ewan McGregor is joining Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Abigail Breslin, Chris Cooper, Juliette Lewis, Sam Shepard and Benedict Cumberbatch in the movie.
John Wells is directing the adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Tracy Letts (who’s also adapted the screenplay). It’s about the dysfunctional Weston family and the daughters who have gone their separate ways, until a crisis brings them back to their Midwestern home. Meryl Streep stars as the mother, Violet Weston, with Julia Roberts and Margo Martindale playing her daughters, Barbara and Mattie Fay.
McGregor will play Bill Fordham, who is Streeps son-in-law. Its a complicated part, as Fordham left his wife for one of his students a college hottie but still wants to be around to support his family. Indeed half the play is about unpacking the complicated lives of the characters.
The movie should hit cinemas next year. (Source: THR)