After starring together in The Deer Hunter, Falling In Love, and Marvin’s Room, Oscar winners Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro will be reuniting for the first time in 17 years. According to Deadline, Streep and De Niro will be starring together in the film adaptation of Ann Leary’s novel The Good House.
Here’s a detailed synopsis of the novel:
Hildy Good (Streep) is a townie. A lifelong resident of an historic community on the rocky coast of Boston’s North Shore, she knows pretty much everything about everyone. Hildy is a descendant of one of the witches hung in nearby Salem, and is believed, by some, to have inherited psychic gifts. Not true, of course; she’s just good at reading people. Hildy is good at lots of things. A successful real-estate broker, mother and grandmother, her days are full. But her nights have become lonely ever since her daughters, convinced their mother was drinking too much, staged an intervention and sent her off to rehab. Now she’s in recovery—more or less.
Alone and feeling unjustly persecuted, Hildy needs a friend. She finds one in Rebecca McCallister, a beautiful young mother and one of the town’s wealthy newcomers. Rebecca feels out-of-step in her new surroundings and is grateful for the friendship. And Hildy feels like a person of the world again, as she and Rebecca escape their worries with some harmless gossip, and a bottle of wine by the fire—just one of their secrets.
But not everyone takes to Rebecca, who is herself the subject of town gossip. When Frank Getchell (De Niro), an eccentric local who shares a complicated history with Hildy, tries to warn her away from Rebecca, Hildy attempts to protect her friend from a potential scandal. Soon however, Hildy is busy trying to cover her own tracks and protect her reputation. When a cluster of secrets become dangerously entwined, the reckless behavior of one threatens to expose the other, and this darkly comic novel takes a chilling turn.
Robert De Niro will be producing the film through his Tribeca Productions banner along with FilmNation. Michael Cunningham, the author of The Hours, is adapting the novel for the big screen. A director hasn’t been announced yet but an official announcement will be made in the near future. This is very exciting news. Check back for more updates as they come our way.