With director John Wells (The Company Men) at the helm, August: Osage The Movie is gearing up, with a cast that includes Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, the man with the best name in entertainment history -- Benedict Cumberbatch -- and Mr. American Icon himself, Sam Shepard.
a trailer is already circulating on the internet. And creating speculation as to how exactly this star-studded movie version will resemble the play everybody loved so much. For one difference in tone, you can compare the movie poster above to the Broadway lobby card at right.
Doug George at the Chicago Tribune is worried that the trailer looks way too sweet and heartwarming to be the caustic August: Osage County that made such a splash, while Deadline calls it "cheery" and Margaret Lyons at Vulture thinks it has a "knowing quirk-factor" that doesn't really fit the play. You can judge for yourself by watching the trailer at any of those links.
If you'd like to keep track of who's been changed to whom from Broadway to Hollywood, here's a handy chart of the roles and who's playing what:
VIOLET WESTON Deanna Dunagan Meryl Streep
BEVERLY WESTON Dennis Letts Sam Shepard
BARBARA FORDHAM Amy Morton Julia Roberts
BILL FORDHAM Jeff Perry Ewan McGregor
JEAN FORDHAM Madeleine Martin Abigail Breslin
KAREN WESTON Mariann Mayberry Juliette Lewis
IVY WESTON Sally Murphy Julianne Nicholson
STEVE HEIDEBRECHT Brian Kerwin Dermot Mulroney
CHARLES AIKEN Frances Guinan Chris Cooper
LITTLE CHARLES Ian Barford Benedict Cumberbatch
MATTIE FAE AIKEN Rondi Reed Margo Martindale
JOHNNA Kimberly Guerrero Misty Upham