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May 10, 2013 9:27 AM
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Watch: Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts as Mother and Daughter in First Trailer for 'August: Osage County'

The Weinstein Company are aiming for Oscar gold with "August: Osage Country," a much-buzzed about film adaptation of Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize-winning 2007 play (Letts also adapted his plays "Bug" and "Killer Joe" for the big screen). With a remarkable cast that includes Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts (as mother and daughter), the film -- written by Letts and directed by "The Company Men" helmer John Wells -- is a darkly comic family saga set in Oklahoma.

Gearing up for a November 8 release in the heat of awards season, The Weinstein Company has released the first trailer for the drama, offering you your first peek at Streep and Roberts in action, in addition to the film's remarkable supporting cast that includes Ewan McGregor, Juliette Lewis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Abigail Breslin, Chris Cooper, Sam Shepard and Dermot Mulroney, all in great form.

Do you think Harvey has a winner on his hands? Let us know in the comment section below.


12 Comments

  • Holden | May 16, 2013 11:34 PMReply

    Streep's accent is off on this one.

  • sophie | May 14, 2013 12:59 PMReply

    Sorry but I think Julia Roberts is a terrible actress. They have ruined this great play by casting her. She'll probably get an Oscar nomination regardless though - god knows she's won awards and been nominated even though she never deserved it.

  • Gretchen Polnac | May 11, 2013 9:38 AMReply

    This is looks like a fabulous domestic drama, a nice change from blockbuster, pull the young folk into the theatre crap. Great cast!

  • FUDDRUCKER'S IS A+ CHOW, BRO! | May 10, 2013 8:05 PMReply

    I gather Tracey Letts' play was a whooping melodrama a la GOD'S LITTLE ACRE or maybe DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS. This does look kinda dull and, yes, TV-ish. Julia has become so cold and hard!

  • annie | May 10, 2013 12:49 PMReply

    My kind of film. Character drive.
    Powerhouse actors.
    Terrific, Pulitzer prize winning play.
    I hope John Wells brings it!

  • putney | May 10, 2013 12:13 PMReply

    Looks like a decent Lifetime movie event.

  • Oogenborg | May 10, 2013 10:55 AMReply

    Well, not that the trailer is an accurate representation of the final film, but based on the tone and perceived marketing techniques, they seem to be pulling for actor noms. I'm sure the script will be great: Pulitzer-prize winner with likely contributions from one of America's greatest playwrights, Sam Shepard.

  • davyjc | May 10, 2013 10:04 AMReply

    Actor nominations only. Very performance driven play. Actors getting to stretch out=nominations.

  • Missy | May 10, 2013 9:57 AMReply

    If directed skillfully, it should sweep Oscar nominations (the overwhelming response to the play proved that).
    However, the trailer makes me a little uneasy...it seems like it has the potential to be another ensemble misfire. LOVE the cast. Here's hoping they adapted it well!

  • Michael M. | May 10, 2013 10:19 AM

    Judging by the trailer, you are either heavily misinformed or blind.

  • Michael M. | May 10, 2013 9:36 AMReply

    No, no, absolutely no. This will pick up no rewards.

  • Missy | May 10, 2013 11:00 AM

    Judging by your comments, I'm assuming you haven't seen or read the play.