‘August: Osage County’ Takes Centerpiece Slot at Hamptons Festival

Starry stage-to-film adaptation fills out a Hamptons slate that opens with 'Kill Your Darlings'

August: Osage County” will play one of the two centerpiece slots at this year’s Hamptons Intl. Film Festival, joining a lineup of buzzy festival-circuit alums including opener “Kill Your Darlings,” closer “12 Years a Slave” and fellow centerpiece “Nebraska.”

The Hamptons screening of John Wells’ “August” reps a high-profile local bow for the film based on a Broadway hit that scored a slew of 2008 Tonys as well as the Pulitzer Prize. With a screenplay by playwright Tracy Letts, the Weinstein Company pic turned heads in its Toronto premiere with a starry cast that includes Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Ewan McGregor and Benedict Cumberbatch.

“August” has been tapped as the Hamptons’ Saturday centerpiece screening, with “Nebraska” already set for the Sunday centerpiece.

The Hamptons fest also has locked in Will Forte to join Bruce Dern, his co-star in Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska,” for a public conversation offered as one of HIFF’s events.

“August” joins a HIFF slate that includes the world premieres of films including docs “Geraldine Ferraro: Paving the Way” and “American Masters — Marvin Hamlisch: One Singular Sensation,” plus the U.S. bows of docu “The Armstrong Lie” and Cannes trophy winner “Blue is the Warmest Color.”

The 21st annual Hamptons Intl. Film Festival runs Oct. 10-14.

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