The first trailer and images have gone online for Tommy Lee Jones‘ western drama, The Homesman. The story centers on a claim-jumping rascal (Jones) and a frontierswoman (Hilary Swank) as they escort three insane women from Nebraska to Iowa and battle the harsh elemental conditions of the prairie. I loved Jones’ 2005 film The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, which played like a modern-day western. The Homesman looks more like a straight entry into the genre, but also an interesting one. There appears to be a tricky balance between Jones’ slightly off-kilter character and the serious dangers he and his traveling companions must face. Nevertheless, it has an outstanding cast, and I assume we’ll be seeing it later this year since it will be released next month in France. It’s also a safe assumption that it will make its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, so I’m eager to hear the buzz on the picture.
Hit the jump to check out The Homesman trailer and images. The film also stars Hailee Steinfeld, Meryl Streep, Tim Blake Nelson, James Spader, William Fichtner, and Jesse Plemons. The Homesman is currently awaiting U.S. distribution.