Deadline.com reports that Julianne Nicholson has joined the cast of the film adaptation of Tracy Letts' AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, alongside Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts. The actor joins previously announced cast members Chris Cooper, Margo Martingdale, Andrea Riseborough, Ewan McGregor and more in the film.
The play, which originally premiered at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company, opened on Broadway in December of 2007 and was the recipient of the 2008 Tony Award for Best Play.
The film, directed by John Wells, will see Streep and Roberts playing family matriarch Violet and her eldest daughter, respectively. Riseborough takes on the role of Violet's youngest daughter, Karen. Cooper will play Violet's brother in law. McGregor will portray Bill Fordham, described as "the 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 running thin." Julianne Nicholson will play Ivy Weston, one of the sisters to Julia Robert’s Barbara. Ivy is Violet's (Streep) middle daughter.
The story follows the Weston family whose lives have been "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."
The film is a Jean Doumanian / Smokehouse Production. Produced by George Clooney & Grant Heslov, Jean Doumanian, Steve Traxler. Shooting began this September for a possible 2013 release date.
Nicholson appeared off-Broadway in a 2000 production of Stranger. Her television credits include Law & Order: Criminal Intent, CBS' The Good Wife as well as HBO's Boardwalk Empire. On film, she has been seen in Curtain Call, The Love Letter, Passion of Mind, Little Black Book, WilLiam Vincent, Staten Island, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, Tully, Kinsey, Seeing Other People and Puccini For Beginners.