The movie also stars actor and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Sam Shepard. The August: Osage County screenplay is by Tracy Letts, adapted from the play he wrote. Tracy Letts won a Pulitzer Prize for that dramatic play. Also an actor, he gave us one of the most heartfelt, moving acceptance speeches when he won a Best Actor Tony for his performance as George in a revival of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The revival originated in Chicago and was transferred to Broadway after rave reviews. Some predicted the Tony would go to Tom Hanks for his Broadway debut. Here's Tracy Letts:
Michael Shannon is on big screens now as Zod, Superman's nemesis in Man of Steel.
Summer is the time for men in tights and special effects. Action heroes like Superman, Spider-Man, The Avengers and such. It's also the season for wacky, broad comedies. Fall is the season for more mature, sophisticated fare. Films that you actually have to listen to because they're character and dialogue driven.
August: Osage County is scheduled to open in November.
Magic Meryl. Reportedly, there will be magic spells in her next assignment. She's playing The Witch in a movie version of Stephen Sondheim's fairy tale-based Broadway musical, Into the Woods. Johnny Depp, Jake Gyllenhaal, Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt and Tracey Ullman are slated to play other storybook characters.