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HBO Max, the upcoming streaming service from WarnerMedia, is stocking its cupboard with some A-list talent.
Dianne Wiest, Candice Bergen and Lucas Hedges are also starring in the project, whose name is a working title and which quietly began shooting last week in New York.
The filmmakers, including Soderbergh and producer Greg Jacobs, cobbled together the financing themselves, using the self-funded model the duo used to make their 2012 runaway hit Magic Mike. HBO Max swooped in preemptively in a competitive environment to pick up the feature project, with Michael Sugar of Sugar 23 and attorney Jamie Feldman brokering the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.
MacArthur Fellow and PEN/Faulkner award-winning author Deborah Eisenberg wrote the script, which 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).
Let Them All Talk will also shoot on the Queen Mary 2 and in the U.K.
“This is the kind of project where you just say, ‘Yes please, sign me up,’” Sarah Aubrey, head of HBO Max original content, said Monday in a statement. “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.”
HBO Max is due to launch next spring and is in the process of building a slate as well as a circle of talent as suppliers. Reese Witherspoon and Greg Berlanti have signed production deals for the service.
Let Them All Talk marks a reunion for Streep and Soderbergh, as the pair recently wrapped the drama The Laundromat. The movie, directed by Soderbergh, is set to premiere at the Venice Film Festival before streaming on Netflix.
Chan is the fast-rising actress who starred on AMC’s sci-fi drama Humans and appeared in Crazy Rich Asians and Captain Marvel. She recently nabbed the leading role in Marvel’s latest tentpole hopeful, The Eternals.
Two-time Oscar winner Wiest currently appears on CBS’ Life in Pieces and last year co-starred with Clint Eastwood in The Mule.
Bergen recently reprised her character Murphy Brown for a CBS revival and last appeared on the big screen with Diane Keaton and Jane Fonda in The Book Club.
Hedges, nominated for an Oscar for his performance in Manchester by the Sea, will next be seen starring with Shia LaBeouf in Honey Boy, the drama ostensibly based on LaBeouf’s life and scheduled to be released by Amazon in November.
Streep is repped by CAA and Gendler & Kelly; Chan is with WME and Independent Talent Group. Bergen is repped by ICM Partners and Hirsch Wallerstein; Wiest is with ICM Partners; and Hedges is repped by CAA, Anonymous Content and Goodman Schenkman. Soderbergh is repped by Sugar 23 and Lichter Grossman.
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