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Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts to play mother-daughter in film

Hollywood stars Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts have signed on to star in the film adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play 'August: Osage County'.


Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts

The John Wells directed film is based on the play written by Tracy Letts. It follows the women of a family whose lives have splintered in many directions until a crisis bring them back to their childhood home and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them, the Hollywood Reporter said.

Streep will play the pill-popping matriarch Violet Weston, while Roberts will portray her daughter Barbara. News of the pairing first surfaced in 2010 but deals and schedules took time to figure out. Streep also is in the middle of the best actress Oscar race for "The Iron Lady".

"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," Roberts said.

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