Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep team for `August`

Los Angeles: Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep are in negotiations to star in the feature adaptation of Tracy Letts` Pulitzer Prize-winning play "August: Osage County."

"ER" producer John Wells would direct the film from a screenplay written by Letts for the Weinstein Co. The film would shoot next summer.

The play, which had its premiere at the Steppenwolf Theater Company in Chicago in 2007, went on to Broadway and London productions as it picked up the Pulitzer for drama and the Tony Award for best play. Harvey Weinstein has been developing the film version since 2007.

The play focuses on the buried pains and present conflicts of a family after its patriarch dies. Streep would take the role of the drug-addicted matriarch and Roberts that of the eldest daughter, whose estranged husband has had an affair with one of his students.

The Weinstein Co. is scheduled to release Wells` feature writing-directing debut, "The Company Men," on October 22.

Roberts last starred in "Eat Pray Love." She will next appear in Tom Hanks` "Larry Crowne" next year for Universal. Streep last starred in the 2009 comedies "It`s Complicated" and "Julie & Julia." Deadline first reported the castings.

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