Tommy Lee Jones on “The Homesman”

Jones is getting set to direct again. He made the beautiful contempo western, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, a half-dozen years back, and now he’s doing another western, this one based on Glendon Swarthout’s novel 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, says Jones, will be played by Hilary Swank, Miranda Otto, Grace Gummer, “and Grace’s mother, Meryl Streep.” Shooting begins late this month.

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