May 27, 2017

Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep circling “August: Osage County”

By Sean O’Connell They don’t get much more A-list than this.

Julia Roberts is negotiating to join Meryl Streep for director John Wells’ adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning stage play “August: Osage County,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.

“August” playwright Tracy Letts is expected to adapt his own show, which follows a family struggling with emotional hardships after the patriarch passes.

THR says Streep “would take the role of the drug-addicted matriarch,” while Roberts “would play the eldest daughter, whose estranged husband has had an affair with one of his students.”

Wells, meanwhile, recently made his directorial debut on “The Company Men” with Tommy Lee Jones, Ben Affleck and Chris Cooper. The Weinstein Company plans to release that film on Oct. 22.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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