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Ewan McGregor is joining the cast of John Wells' "August: Osage County," with Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts already onboard. The Weinstein Co. film is an adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play by Tracy Letts. The film begins principal photography on September 24. McGregor's career has had some impressive high points over the past 18 months, including last year's Oscar-winning "Beginners," the much less-seen but equally moving indie "Perfect Sense" and the current Tiff buzzy entry "The Impossible," an emotionally hard-hitting disaster film about the 2004 tsunami, co-starring Naomi Watts. Official synopsis, including details on McGregor's role: 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 »

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