Benedict Cumberbatch in Talks to Join August: Osage County


“Sherlock” star Benedict Cumberbatch is in talks to join Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts in The Weinstein Company’s August: Osage County.

Based on the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning play by Tracy Letts, August: Osage County tells the dark, hilarious and deeply touching 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.

Streep has been cast as pill-popping matriarch Violet Weston, and Roberts will play her complicated adult daughter Barbara. Cumberbatch will play the sensitive son of Streep’s sister, Mattie Fay Aiken (Margo Martindale). She castigates and belittles the man, who believes his father is Charlie Aiken (Chris Cooper).

John Wells is directing the movie, to be produced by George Clooney.

Cumberbatch’s upcoming films include the untitled Star Trek sequel, “The Hobbit” films and 12 Years a Slave.