I came across an article last night ("came across" when google searching Meryl news) which indicates a possible re-teaming of Meryl with Tommy Lee Jones in a period Western entitled The Homesman. This was complete news to me. The film would be adapted from the 1988 novel by Glendon Swarthout. It takes place on the American frontier in the mid 19th century, where a pair of pioneers traverse the young continent to consign a handful of "insane" women to the east coast, where care would evidently be more appropriate. Tommy Lee Jones would play the "homesman" hired by Mary Bee Cuddy (rumored to be played by Hilary Swank) to helm the journey. The article did not indicate which role Meryl would be playing in the film if she were indeed to officially join the cast, but the role of an insane woman being trekked across the Wild West would present its own unique challenges I'm sure.
It's funny that I found this yesterday because I've been so obsessed with Meryl's current project August: Osage County that I hadn't given much thought to what she may consider shooting next year. We still don't have any concrete details on whether or not Mommy & Me with Tina Fey is happening. I really hope it does. That would seem like the the type of film which may not take three months to shoot. Meryl in a supporting role in The Homesman, although the film's production could be on a grand scale, may not require a huge amount of time for her either. Then there's always the possibility of Into the Woods, which I think can barely be considered a rumor at this point. Regardless, it's fun to read some news of possible future projects.