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Casting Watch: McGregor Joins Streep and Roberts in 'August: Osage County'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood September 12, 2012 at 5:44PM

Ewan McGregor is joining the cast of John Wells' "August: Osage County," with Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts already onboard. The Weinstein Co. film is an adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play by Tracy Letts.
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Ewan McGregor

Ewan McGregor is joining the cast of John Wells' "August: Osage County," with Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts already onboard. The Weinstein Co. film is an adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play by Tracy Letts.

The film begins principal photography on September 24.

McGregor's career has had some impressive high points over the past 18 months, including last year's Oscar-winning "Beginners," the much less-seen but equally moving indie "Perfect Sense" and the current TIFF buzzy entry "The Impossible," an emotionally hard-hitting disaster film about the 2004 tsunami, co-starring Naomi Watts.

Official synopsis, including details on McGregor's role:

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY tells the dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. Letts’ play made its Broadway debut in December 2007 after premiering at Chicago’s legendary Steppenwolf Theatre earlier that year. It continued with a successful international run.

McGregor will play Bill Fordham, estranged husband of Barbara (Roberts) and son-in-law of pill-popping matriarch Violet Weston (Streep). A college professor, he left his wife for one of his students, but wants to be there for his family. His marriage is disintegrating and his patience is slowly running thin.
 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.