Watch: First Trailer For 'August: Osage County' Starring Meryl Streep & Julia Roberts

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by Kevin Jagernauth
May 10, 2013 8:58 AM
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On paper, "August: Osage County" looks like a no-brainer awards season behemoth. Based on prize-winning source material? Check. All-star cast? Meryl StreepJulia RobertsChris Cooper, Sam Shepard, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Ewan McGregor, Abigail Breslin, Dermot Mulroney and Margo Martindale...so hell yes. An exciting director? John Wells. Okay, so two out of three ain't bad. The end result? Well...

The first trailer for the ensemble dramedy has arrived and it's...respectable we suppose. The story 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. And while Streep gets a meaty role as the Weston clan matriarch, and the generations-spanning cast does offer some potential, this all feels rather...familiar? There just doesn't seem to be any particular wow factor here aside from the names involved, but perhaps this ensemble piece is hard to cut into into a two minute piece of advertising.

At any rate The Weinstein Company believes they have a contender, and never count out Meryl. "August: Osage County" opens on November 8th.

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16 Comments

  • jim humberd | May 21, 2013 7:05 AMReply

    I have alot of great memories from my childhood in that house.

  • Reggie E. | May 18, 2013 11:07 AMReply

    What's wrong with John Wells? Company Men was great.

  • Bernard G | May 13, 2013 5:11 AMReply

    I sense The Royal Tenenbaum 2.0 after watching this trailer. Agree?

  • Mitchell Hundred | July 8, 2013 7:03 PM

    In concept, perhaps. In tone it's more comparable to Who's Afraid of Vriginia Woolf?

    Or the play is, anyway.

  • Michael Medeiros | May 11, 2013 3:06 PMReply

    Don't know what the problem is. Trailer looks great.

  • Paul | May 10, 2013 2:10 PMReply

    I sure hope Letts gives this story the same kind of ending that Killer Joe had.

  • BEF | May 10, 2013 12:08 PMReply

    strict character dramas that don't have a violent or shocking turn are only sellable in a trailer with the cast, olive branch festival lists and critic's quotes ... when I start reading reviews would be when I would decide to see it or not.

  • Alan B | May 10, 2013 10:58 AMReply

    Read the play. There isn't anything "respectable" about it. The Streep and Martindale characters are both EVILLLLLLLLLLLL and Letts constructs effective reversals and emotionally violent scenes. The trailer is deceptive, but that's fine, I guess, because it doesn't spoil anything, which is refreshing in and of itself. Streep and Martindale are locks for nominations (Actress and Supporting Actress, respectively), and an against-type Cumberbatch might sneak into the Supporting Actor category. And what the hell is with the dig against Wells? The guy created 'E.R.' and 'Company Men' had solid craftsmanship, which is rare.

  • Alan B | May 10, 2013 7:55 PM

    You're right.

  • Jack | May 10, 2013 12:22 PM

    ER was created by Michael Crichton. The pilot script for the show was written in 1974 as a feature screenplay. John Wells was hired as an executive producer for the pilot, but then became the head writer and show runner.

  • Joe | May 10, 2013 10:42 AMReply

    This article doesn't even mention the most important thing about the project, that the source material and screenplay are by Tracy Letts, the genius behind "Killer Joe."

  • Pauline Kael from the Grave | May 10, 2013 10:39 AMReply

    Another Streep movie, another Streep "accent."

    Typical.

  • Pawhuskalove | May 10, 2013 4:07 PM

    I live about 10 mins from the location of the set of this movie,in Osage county,Oklahoma. The "typical" accent is in fact a fairly normal Oklahoma accent.

  • GERARD KENNELLY | May 10, 2013 9:37 AMReply

    meryl wins again :)

    day lewis won best actor 3 times

    tom hanks might win for Captain Philips

    only god forgives is too violent
    elysium is too cult
    mud is too malick

  • Michael M. | May 10, 2013 10:17 AM

    Your predictions and expectations are horrendous.

    Streep will not win again.
    Hanks will not win again.

    Only god forgives will be a masterpiece.
    Elysium is a Sci-Fi film, therefore it wasn't intended to pick up any awards.
    Making any comparisons to Malick should be considered a compliment.

  • Nardog | May 10, 2013 9:08 AMReply

    It took a while to recognize Ewan McGregor because of the crappy quality of the video.

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