Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts to Play Mom-Daughter

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Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts to Play Mom-Daughter

The Weinstein Company announced Wednesday that Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts will star together in a film adaptation of the play August: Osage County.

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The play, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 20008, is a dark comedy that takes place in the three-story home of Beverly Weston and his wife, Violet, a dysfunction mother whom Streep will play.

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Roberts will play the role of Violet's eldest daughter, Barbara, who is working to save her marriage with her husband, Bill.

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The film's casting of Streep and Roberts has been speculated as early as 2010 but had not been confirmed by the studio until this week.

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This will be the first film in which the two actresses will appear on the big screen together.

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Roberts expressing enthusiasm towards working with Streep, saying in a statement, "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."

August: Osage County
is set for release in 2013.