Recently interviewed while shooting a commercial for Japanese TV, Tommy Lee Jones commented on his upcoming directorial run in The Homesman:
"I don't know if I'm going to keep that title or not," Jones says. "It
has to do with the Nebraska Territory in the middle of the 19th century,
and the Homestead Act, and what people were willing to endure for some
free land. And the effect of the Homestead Act on the women who went
west as homesteaders."
Those women include Hilary Swank, Miranda Otto, Meryl Streep, and Streep's daughter, Grace Gummer. From what we know up to this point, Swank plays the lead and the other women will likely be playing the "crazy ladies" who are being transported across the frontier. I have a feeling Meryl's role could be pretty small in this, but if she plays the lady who commits suicide early on in the film, it could be a pretty juicy role. If they get it together by the end of the year, are we going to buzz about a double nomination possibility in lead (August: Osage County) and supporting?! Meryl has said that she's not set to start shooting until May, but the film itself is to begin filming this month. If Meryl's contract is to perhaps only work for a few weeks at the end of the production, they may indeed have it ready by December.