Tony nominee Margo Martindale is set to star as Mattie Fay Aiken in the forthcoming film adaptation of Tracy Letts’ Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning play August: Osage County. Martindale joins previously announced Academy Award winners Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, Oscar winner Chris Cooper, Juliette Lewis and Abigail Breslin. August: Osage County will be directed by John Wells, adapted by Letts and produced by George Clooney & Grant Heslov, Jean Doumanian and Steve Traxler. Production is slated to begin in August.
August: Osage County centers around the Weston family, who reunite at their rural home in Oklahoma after Beverly, the alcoholic patriarch, disappears. Streep is set to star as Violet, the pill-popping mother of the family, while Martindale will play her sister. Roberts will play Violet’s oldest daughter Barbara, while Lewis and Cooper will play Violet’s youngest daughter Karen and her husband, with Breslin as their daughter, Jean. August: Osage County premiered at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company, then transferred to Broadway, playing from December 4, 2007 through June 28, 2009. The production won the 2008 Tony Award for Best Play.
Martindale earned a Tony nomination for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and has appeared off-Broadway in The Sugar Bean Sisters, Always…Patsy Cline, Steel Magnolias, Talking With and The Miss Firecracker Contest. She received an Emmy Award for Justified and co-starred with Patrick Wilson in A Gifted Man. Her many film credits include Million Dollar Baby, Paris, Je T’Aime, Dead Man Walking, The Hours and Orphan.