First Trailer for AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY

As the summer movie season continues this weekend the studios have begun to release the first trailers for their Oscar hopefuls. This week alone we've received previews of Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips and yesterday for director Alfonso Cuaron's long-awaited follow-up to Children of Men titled Gravity. Today we have the first look at the large ensemble piece that will no doubt be vying for Awards consideration come Oscar season, August: Osage County. Featuring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts in the headlining roles as part of the Weston family, a family of strong-willed women whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. The film is based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play by Tracy Letts who also wrote the screenplay. Director John Wells whose only other feature film credit is the under appreciated 2010 drama The Company Men seems to work well with large casts, though the tone of this first trailer isn't the heavy handed stuff that typically makes up Oscar bait. Instead, there is an air of nice family dynamics and the way in which the majority of moments between them usually turn to comedy and a fair amount of laughs rather than serious, intense moments. I'm not overly familiar with the play, but everything about this film version seems appealing and though I'm not overly excited for the film I'll certainly be seeing it due simply to how promising everything about it sounds. The film also stars Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Margot Martindale, Chris Cooper, Dermot Mulroney, Juliette Lewis, Abigail Breslin, and Sam Shepard. August: Osage County opens on November 8th.


Synopsis: The story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.