Meryl Streep will star as Julia Roberts' dysfunctional mother in an upcoming high-profile drama, "August: Osage County". On Wednesday, February 15, The Weinstein Co. has confirmed that the two Oscar-winning actresses have signed on to the film which will be directed by "The Company Men" helmer John Wells.
The movie is based on Tracy Letts' Pulizer and Tony-winning play of the same title. It follows a family's buried pains and present conflicts after its patriarch dies. Streep would take the part of drug-addicted matriarch Violet Weston, while Roberts would play her eldest daughter Barbara, whose estranged husband has had an affair with one of his students.
Of her high class collaboration with fellow A-lister Streep, Roberts said, "After seeing Meryl Streep's mesmerizing portrayal as Margaret Thatcher in 'The Iron Lady', it has me even more excited and proud to co-star with her."
Director Wells chimed in, "I'm delighted and feel very privileged to have the opportunity to direct Meryl and Julia in this magnificent piece written by Tracy Letts." He added, "Meryl's extraordinary body of work made her the only conceivable choice to play Violet."
"Coupled with Julia's effortless mastery of every role she undertakes and her fearlessness as an actress, I'm confident this first ever collaboration with Meryl and Julia will produce an exciting and moving film," so Wells explained.
Words of Streep and Roberts' casting in "August: Osage County" first surfaced in 2010 but the scheduling issue has forced the project to be postponed. Streep is currently in the race of Best Actress at the 2012 Academy Awards. She has recently won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA award and has been honored with a Golden Bear at the 62th Berlinale, all for her acclaimed role in the Thatcher biopic.