08/06/2013 02:59 pm ET Updated Aug 10, 2013

Meryl Streep And Robert De Niro In 'The Good House': Legends To Play Romantic Leads In Adaptation Of Ann Leary Novel


Oscar voters, take note: Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro will join forces for the fourth time with an adaptation of the best-selling Ann Leary novel "The Good House."

The dark comedy will find Streep taking on the lead role of real-estate agent Hildy Good, a barely recovering alcoholic whose harmonious life unravels when she embarks on a new friendship and rekindles an old flame (De Niro). FilmNation and Tribeca Productions will head up "House," according to a joint press release.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Cunningham ("The Hours," "A Home at the End of the World') will adapt the novel, marking the third time Streep has taken a role in one of Cunningham's works. (In addition to the source material for "Hours," the author wrote the script for 2007's "Evening.")

“We knew right away with [producer Jane Rosenthal’s] and Michael’s demonstrated talent and Ann’s bestseller that we have the opportunity to create something truly entertaining," Karen Lunder, executive vice president of production at FilmNation, said in the press release. "It is undeniable the authenticity and chemistry Meryl and Bob will offer us as they bring these characters to life.”

Streep and De Niro previously co-starred in 1978's "The Deer Hunter," 1984's "Falling in Love" and 1996's "Marvin's Room."



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