Well folks, here’s Meryl Streep’s Oscar nomination for next year. August: Osage County will continue the grand prestige picture tradition of bringing together a group of distinguished white people to affect Southern drawls and yell at each other.
And what a group of distinguished white people! I won’t bother to restate the list of names that you can see on the film’s poster. Although I will draw attention to one name in particular: Benedict Cumberbatch. That’s right; the most British person alive is going to be attempting a Southern accent. This gon’ be gooooood.
The film is based on the play of the same name, which won several Tonys (meh) and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama (ooh). The play was written by Tracy Letts, whose Killer Joe and Bug have also been adapted into movies. The story follows the antics that arise when the dysfunctional Weston family reunites in the wake of its patriarch’s death. Streep plays mother Violet Weston, while Julia Roberts, Juliette Lewis, and Julianne Nicholson play her three daughters.
August: Osage County comes out November 8th. Watch the trailer: