The first international trailer has debuted for Tommy Lee Jones’ The Homesman, a western starring Jones, Hilary Swank, Meryl Streep and Hailee Steinfeld. This great-looking film tells the story of a claim jumper (Jones) and a pioneer woman (Swank) who team up to escort three insane women from Nebraska to Iowa. This would mark Jones’ second round directing a feature, after his fantastic film The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada. If that masterpiece is anything to go by, this should definitely be one to put on your must-see list. We’re looking forward to hearing early thoughts on the film once it premieres at Cannes next month. The all-star cast includes Tim Blake Nelson, James Spader, William Fichtner, and Jesse Plemons.
Based on a novel by Glendon Swarthout, whose novel The Shootist was adapted into the 1976 western starring John Wayne.
Here’s Amazon’s synopsis for Swarthout’s novel, The Homesman:
Soon to be a major motion picture directed by Tommy Lee Jones, The Homesman is a devastating story of early pioneers in 1850s American West. It celebrates the ones we hear nothing of: the brave women whose hearts and minds were broken by a life of bitter hardship. A “homesman” must be found to escort a handful of them back East to a sanitarium. When none of the county’s men steps up, the job falls to Mary Bee Cuddy—ex-teacher, spinster, indomitable and resourceful. Brave as she is, Mary Bee knows she cannot succeed alone. The only companion she can find is the low-life claim jumper George Briggs. Thus begins a trek east, against the tide of colonization, against hardship, Indian attacks, ice storms, and loneliness—a timeless classic told in a series of tough, fast-paced adventures.
In an unprecedented sweep, Glendon Swarthout’s novel won both the Western Writers of America’s Spur Award and the Western Heritage Wrangler Award. A new afterword by the author’s son Miles Swarthout tells of his parents Glendon and Kathryn’s discovery of and research into the lives of the oft-forgotten frontier women who make The Homesman as moving and believable as it is unforgettable.