Some casting news for you today, including a project in which Tommy Lee Jones (No Country for Old Men) is taking on four roles! Here they are at a glance:
- Jones is set to write, direct, produce and star in the pioneer period piece, The Homesman.
- Oscar-nominee John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone) boards the indie thriller, Too Late.
- John C. McGinley (Scrubs) is the latest addition to the Jackie Robinson biopic, 42.
Hit the jump for more on each project.
First up, Variety reports that, after Men in Black 3 comes out later this month, star Tommy Lee Jones will have his sites set on another project: The Homesman. Not satisfied with merely starring in the picture, Jones will also write, direct and produce. The Homesman is a pioneer period piece which follows a claim-jumping rascal (Jones) and a frontierwoman as they escort three insane women from Nebraska to Iowa and battle the harsh elemental conditions of the prairie. Jones can next be seen alongside Meryl Streep in the romantic comedy, Hope Springs followed by Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln later this year.
THR reports that Hawkes will be joining Too Late, the debut of director Dennis Hauck. Written by Hauck, Too Late is a non-linear crime drama that unravels the relationship between a private investigator (Hawkes) and the woman he’s been tasked to find. The cast of Too Late also includes Rider Strong (Cabin Fever), Natalie Zea (Justified), Dichen Lachman (Dollhouse), Brett Jacobsen (Myth of the American Sleepover) and actor/director, Peter Bogdanovich. Production will begin in Los Angeles late this month.
Finally, Variety reports that McGinley will join 42, which already sports a cast featuring Harrison Ford, Christopher Meloni (Law and Order: SVU), Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead) and Chadwick Boseman (The Express) as Jackie Robinson. McGinley will star as the iconic Brooklyn Dodgers radio announcer, Red Barber. Written and directed by Brian Helgeland (A Knight’s Tale), 42 begins shooting later this month in Chattanooga, TN and Atlanta, GA.