Twin filmmakers Logan and Noah Miller have locked down two fairly high-profile stars in Ed Harris and January Jones to anchor their sophomore effort, the revenge drama (God, there’s a lot of these nowadays) Sweetwater. Jones will step into the role of a 19thC widow who joins forces with Harris’ local sheriff to take down the “brutal sheep rancher” that killed her husband. I’m sure a man who ranches sheep can be absolutely vicious, but I can’t even think the phrase “brutal sheep rancher” without giggling. Production will begin this July in New Mexico. Hit the jump for more, including a look at the Miller brothers’ interesting road to success.
News of Harris and Jones’ involvement comes via Deadline. Harris previously worked with the Millers on their 2008 directorial debut, Touching Home. An autobiographical effort, it saw the brothers playing more or less themselves—a pair of promising baseball players who fail to make the major leagues and return home to their small town to work things out. Harris played their father.
Though the film received mixed reviews, with some critics pointing to sub-standard performances of the two “self-taught” leads and somewhat formulaic direction, the story behind how it was made is actually quite remarkable. In an interview with Dig In Magazine, the brothers recall visiting their dad in prison shortly before his death and jokingly promising to have Ed Harris play him if their unfinanced, undeveloped production ever made it to the screen. Sometime after, presumably spurred on by the memory of that final meeting, the brothers actually tracked Harris to the Castro Theatre in San Francisco, snuck backstage and convinced him to take a copy of the script.
Before too long, they found themselves in the midst of a $2 million production starring not only Harris, but Robert Forster, Brad Dourif and Lee Meriwether.