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Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts to Film Movie in Northeastern Oklahoma

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Actor George Clooney will produce a movie version of the play "August: Osage County." Actor George Clooney will produce a movie version of the play "August: Osage County."
Julie Roberts will star in the film that is based on the play by Tulsa native Tracy Letts. Julie Roberts will star in the film that is based on the play by Tulsa native Tracy Letts.
Meryl Streep also will star in the movie which will be filmed on location in Osage and Washington counties. Meryl Streep also will star in the movie which will be filmed on location in Osage and Washington counties.

"A" list celebrities are coming to Oklahoma to shoot a movie set in the Sooner State.

The Oklahoma Film and Video commission confirmed Thursday that shooting begins soon on a film version of the play "August: Osage County".

Pre production is already underway in Bartlesville and shooting gets underway  September 24, 2012 and last for eight weeks.

Shooting will take place at locations in both Osage and Washington counties in Northeastern Oklahoma.

The movie will be a feature-length rendition on the play of the same name written by Tulsa native Tracy Letts. The play originated at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre before moving to Broadway where it garnered five Tony awards including Best Play and a Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2008.

The story centers on the Weston family whose scattered members gather at the family home in rural Osage County when their patriarch vanishes.  The cast includes Oscar(c) winning actresses Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts and will be directed by John Wells (The Company Men, ER).  The film will be produced by George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Jean Doumanian and Steve Traxler.

"It is a great honor to be filming in such a scenic and culturally expansive state. AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY would not be possible without the generous support from the people of Oklahoma," said Weinstein Company President of Production Dylan Sellers.

The production is utilizing the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program, administered by OF&MO.

"We are obviously ecstatic to have a production of this stature filming in our state," says Jill Simpson, director of OF&MO.  "They don't come any better than this script, stellar cast, director and stable of producers.  (It) was a team effort spanning a couple of years.  We are especially grateful for the efforts made by our industry partners at the Bartlesville Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce."

 

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