Tommy Lee Jones must have liked working with James Spader in Lincoln (even if they never actually shared a scene together), as he’s now cast him in his directorial outing, The Homesman, which also has Meryl Streep and Hilary Swank attached to star.
The period drama is about on a claim-jumper (Tommy Lee Jones) and a pioneer woman (Swank) in the 19th Century, who both escort three insane women on a bizarre journey from Nebraska to Iowa, where they must brave the harsh elements along the way. It’s not 100% clear who Spader will play, although THR describes the part as ‘a swindler’.
The film will be Jones’ first cinematic directorial effort since 2005’s The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, although in 2011 he helmed an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s The Sunset Limited for HBO. Production on The Homesman is due to start fairly soon in New Mexico.