Tracy Letts Fought Casting of McGregor, Cumberbatch for OSAGE COUNTY; Admits 'Glad I Lost the Fight'
In an interview with the UK's London Evening Standard, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Tracy Letts revealed that he was not in favor of casting Brits Ewan McGregor and Benedict Cumberbatch in his AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY big screen adaptation. Yet while the 'Homeland' star fought hard on the issue, he now admits he may have been wrong.
Letts, who is about to debut his new play in London, explained that he believed his play was "a profoundly American piece", which is why he fought Weinstein Company exec Harvey Weinstein on the casting. It sent "the wrong message" explained the 48-year-old, if stars such as Dame Judi Dench were cast, which would have given the production an "international" feel. However, Letts later conceded, "I was quite glad I lost the fight."
They "both do a great job," says Letts of Cumberbatch, who plays Streep's nephew and McGregor, who takes on the role of Roberts's husband.
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Starring Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulrooney, Julianne Nicholson, Sam Shepard and Misty Upham, 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.
Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name made its Broadway debut in December 2007 after premiering at Chicago's legendary Steppenwolf Theatre earlier that year. It continued with a successful international run and was the winner of five Tony Awards in 2008, including Best Play.