HBO Max is having a busy Monday: After announcing its first slate of original TV pilots, the new streaming service has revealed its first film acquisition -- and it's a pretty huge get for the fledgling outlet.
According to word from The Hollywood Reporter, HBO Max will be the home of a new comedy feature from Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh, with some A-list talent attached. The film, using the working title "Let Them All Talk," features Oscar winner and acting legend Meryl Streep as the headliner, alongside Gemma Chan ("Captain Marvel," "Crazy Rich Asians"); other co-stars include Dianne Wiest, Candice Bergen, and Lucas Hedges.
The film is the project that Soderbergh has been hinting at on social media, and it sounds awesome. Here's the scoop on the film's plot, per THR:
MacArthur Fellow and PEN/Faulkner award-winning author Deborah Eisenberg wrote the script that centers on a celebrated author (Streep) who takes a journey on a cruise ship with some old friends (Bergen, Wiest) to have some fun and heal old wounds. Her nephew (Hedges) comes along to wrangle the ladies and finds himself involved with a young literary agent (Chan).
THR reports that production already began last week in New York City. Other shooting sites include the Queen Mary II and the U.K.
In a statement, Sarah Aubrey, head of HBO Max original content, told THR that "Let Them All Talk" was "the kind of project where you just say, 'Yes please, sign me up.'” Sounds about right to us.
“To work with Steven Soderbergh and this all-star cast led by Meryl Streep is thrilling and sets the standard for features at HBO Max," Aubrey's statement added.
This project will certainly leave some seriously large shoes to fill. But it sounds like HBO Max is more than up to the task of courting some heavy-hitters.
[via: The Hollywood Reporter]