On Tuesday, Variety confirmed that Tracy Letts' August: Osage County will be transformed into a film with the Tony-winner author writing the screenplay. Hallelujah for that!
August: Osage County not only earned the Tony for Best Play, but it also earned Letts a well-deserved Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
You can bet that the all-out campaigning for each of its juicy, fully-realized roles has already begun among Hollywood's biggest stars. Indeed, producer Jean Doumanian is quoted in the Variety piece, noting:
So many actors and stars have come to see it on Broadway, and we've gotten inquiries. People are enthusiastic about the film version.While I personally would love to see every last one of the original cast recreate their indelible character images for the film version, the realist in me fully appreciates that the stakes are so high that few, if any, will be invited to participate.
The fantasy casting for a bigscreen version of August: Osage County began in earnest in January as Chicago Tribune's Chris Jones shared his early picks.
Yesterday, our dear Modern Fabulousity offered his own wagers, including his bet that the role of Violet would go to either the 59 year old Meryl Streep or the 63 year old Helen Mirren. I do adore Meryl Streep, but given that her facial characteristics may be difficult to match up with supposed members of her family, I'd give it to Mirren by a nose.
Personally, I thought the most inspired comment ModFab received was from ShoNuff of Fo' Sho', who proffered that Kathy Bates would be perfect for Mattie Fae -- I'd agree completely, but only if I knew Rondi Reed wasn't available.
So, dear readers, two questions. First, who would you most like to see in each of the coveted roles, and second, who do you believe is most likely to be cast?
This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).