In what will undoubtedly be her biggest role yet, Riseborough is set to join John Wells' adaptation of Tracy Lett's Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning play "August: Osage County," which will see her star opposite royal Hollywood thesps Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, who respectively play the pill-popping matriarch Violet and her eldest daughter Barbara. Riseborough, meanwhile, is slated to play Violet's youngest daughter, Karen, who's likely being written younger as her stage character is notably 40 years of age.
The film adaptation (which will be a condensed version of the original play considering that ran 3.5 hours) follows the women of the Weston family whose lives have splintered in many directions until their alcoholic father's disappearance brings them back to their childhood home and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.
Yep, it pretty much has Oscar written all over it (particular with Streep/Roberts) and the fact The Weinstein Company own the play's rights and are developing the project with George Clooney and Grant Heslov's Smokehouse Pictures is only affirmation of its pedigree. Lensing is eyeing a September start when its two stars are freed up, with a release geared for an assault on the 2013 award season in mind. [DailyMail/Baz Bamigoye]