|Julia Roberts in Toronto - July 2010|
Julia Roberts has got a secret. Or not. In a surprising bit of news, it has been announced that both Roberts and Meryl Streep are close to confirming an on-screen collaboration in a forthcoming adaptation of the play August: Osage County. The film will be directed by John Wells who is known mostly for his work on Television (ER) and also his forthcoming release The Company Men. The film is being developed by The Weinstein Co. and hopefully will be condensed down from its near three-and-a-half hour stage version.
August: Osage Country penned by Tracy Letts, is about a family with multiple generations of women facing different demons. The Matriarch Violet (to be played by Streep), is overcoming a serious addiction to Prescription Drugs, while her eldest daughter Barbara (Roberts) is dealing with her husband's infidelity. Although this won't begin filming until next summer, we can expect that perhaps 2012 will be a year of powerhouse female performances, especially with the recent news of Jodi Foster and Kate Winslet teaming up to star in Roman Polanski's screen adaptation of Tony Award-winning play God of Carnage. Don't make me choose... please!
(Photo credit: Mr. Will-W.)