George Clooney to produce new Meryl Streep movie

Actor to star in 'August: Osage County', an adaptation of the Tony Award winning play

George Clooney is to produce a new film starring Oscar winners Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts.

Clooney and fellow producer Grant Heslov – who he worked with on Good Night and Good Luck and The Ides of March – have now signed on as producers of August: Osage County, the adaptation of the Tony Award-winning play by Tracy Letts.

The film will star Streep and Roberts as mother and daughter, while John Wells – best known for directing The Company Men and serving as executive producer on The West Wing and ER – will direct.

Clooney said in a statement: “Grant and I are thrilled to work on this project. It’s already a great cast and great material and I can’t think of anyone better than Harvey to put this all together. And we’re particularly excited to work with our dear friend John Wells. It’s such a terrific group and we feel honoured to help bring it to the screen.”

August: Osage County is being made by The Weinstein Company, the independent film studio run by brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein. The film-makers are still casting, but shooting will begin this Autumn.

Clooney, 51, has served as producer on several films, including The Ides of March, in which he also starred, and upcoming political drama Argo.