IMDb: A claim jumper and a pioneer woman team up to escort three insane women from Nebraska to Iowa.
Four pioneer women, all of them wives, for one reason or another have gone insane in a territory lacking an asylum. By default, Mary Bee Cuddy is chosen as the “homesman,” the person who will accompany the women back East. Once a teacher but now a lone and lonely homesteader in her early thirties, Mary Bee is at the beginning of her journey when she happens upon George Briggs, an ornery claim-jumper strung up with rope around his neck and readied for hanging. She will save his life if he will promise to accompany her to Iowa with her “cargo” of unpredictable women. Briggs promises.
James Spader joins Tommy Lee Jones, Meryl Streep in “Homesman” [Post]
Three-time Emmy winner James Spader will reteam with his Lincoln co-star Tommy Lee Jones for another movie set in mid-1800s America, The Homesman, The Hollywood Reporter said.
Jones co-wrote the script and is directing the movie, assembling a cast that includes Hilary Swank, John Lithgow, Tim Blake Nelson and Meryl Streep.
Set in 1855 Nebraska, the story tells of a frontier woman and a claim jumper who ferry a wagonload of women, driven insane by the harsh world of the frontier, eastward to Iowa and back to the civilized world.
While details of Spader’s role are being played close to the vest, it is known he will play a swindler.
The movie, being financed and co-produced by EuropaCorp, is due to shoot this spring in New Mexico.
The IMDb page of the upcoming movie was updated with some of the characters and actors who are going to portray them. Meryl’s going to portray Altha Carter, the Minister’s wife so she won’t play any of the 3 crazy women. Here’s the rest of the actors whose characters have been announced:
Hilary Swank – Mary Bee Cuddy
Grace Gummer – Arabella Sours
Sonja Richter – Gro Svendsen
Meryl Streep – Altha Carter
John Lithgow – Reverend Dowd
Tim Blake Nelson – The Freigher
Caroline Lagerfelt – Netti
Barry Corbin – Buster Shaver
James Spader – Aloysius Duffy