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Tommy Lee Jones was just seen alongside Meryl Streep this past summer in the David Frankel-directed dramedy Hope Springs, and apparently they enjoyed working together so much that they're already thinking about pairing up again. New reports have surfaced saying that both Streep and Hilary Swank are now both attached to The Homesman, the new film that Jones is set to star in, write, direct, and produce.
The story centers on a pioneer (Jones) and a frontier woman who work to transport three insane women across America. The Wrap, which first reported the casting news, says that Swank will play the frontier woman, but apparently "it was not clear which role Streep would play." The film will be only Jones' second feature directorial effort and first since 2005's The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada. He has, however, directed two projects for the small screen, including the Emmy-nominated The Good Old Boys, which came out in 1995 on TNT, and Cormac McCarthy's The Sunset Limited, which played on HBO last year. This will be his first time writing a full feature.
The project only has three actors attached so far, but between them they have a total of six Academy Awards, which is pretty damn impressive. In addition to The Homesman, Streep is currently working on the John Wells-directed adaptation of Tracy Letts' play August: Osage County. Swank is attached to Jean-Marc Vallée's The Dallas Buyers Club, which is currently in pre-production and set to co-star Matthew McConaughey.
The Homesman will be shopped to buyers this November at the American Film Market.