Benedict Cumberbatch set to join Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts in August: Osage County

The Sherlock actor could be the latest addition to the star-studded cast of the Hollywood adaptation

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Benedict Cumberbatch set to join Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts in August: Osage County
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Benedict Cumberbatch is in negotiations to appear in a new Hollywood movie, August: Osage Country, an adaptation of the Pulitzer and Tony award-winning play by Tracy Letts.

As though two parts in Lord of the Rings prequel The Hobbit, and a role as a villain in the upcoming Star-Trek sequel weren't enough, the star of Sherlock could be heading back across the Atlantic to join Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep in this dark comedy from director John Wells.

Boasting George Clooney amongst its producers, August: Osage County centres around an estranged family who are reunited by the deplorable condition of their drug-addled mother, Violet, played by Meryl Streep.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cumberbatch will star as Little Charles, a clumsy, sensitive soul who is mocked and belittled by his Aunt Violet and blindly unaware of his illegitimate status as a product of his mother's affair. 

Filming is expected to begin in late September.