Scottish actor Ewan McGregor is the latest high-profile star to join the cast of the Oklahoma-filmed movie adaptation of “August: Osage County.”
The film is scheduled to shoot in Oklahoma this fall, with principal photography set to begin Sept. 24, reports TheWrap.com. George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Jean Doumanian and Steve Taxler are producing the movie based on Tulsa-born playwright Tracey Letts’ acclaimed stage drama, which earned the Pulitzer Prize and five Tony Awards.
Directed by John Wells (“The Company Men”), “August: Osage County” tells the story of the dysfunctional Pawhuska-based Weston family that comes together when their alcoholic patriarch goes missing.
Three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep will play the clan’s drug-addled matriarch Violet Weston, while Oscar victor Julia Roberts will co-star as the family’s eldest daughter, Barbara Fordham.
According to TheWrap.com, McGregor will play Bill Fordham, Barbara’s estranged husband who left his wife for one of his students.
Also, Misty Upham, best known for her breakout role in the Oscar-nominated 2008 drama “Frozen River,” will be joining the cast, according to Variety.com. Upham, who is Blackfeet, will play Johnna, a young Cheyenne woman who comes to work for the Weston clan as a domestic and bears witness as the drama plays out.
The star-studded “August: Osage County” cast also includes Abigail Breslin, Chris Cooper, Juliette Lewis, Dermot Mulroney, Margo Martindale and Benedict Cumberbatch.