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IN THE WORKS: Tommy Lee Jones Joins Peter Webber's Post-WW II Thriller 'Emperor' Starring Matthew Fox UPDATED

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 17, 2012 at 5:12PM

Tommy Lee Jones joins Peter Webber's currently filming political thriller set in Japan, "Emperor." The post-Word War II historical drama stars "Lost"'s Matthew Fox as General Bonner Fellers, a Japanese expert for General Douglas MacArthur (Jones), who must decide whether or not to try Emperor Hirohito as a war criminal. Meanwhile Fellers searches for his former lover Aya, a one-time Japanese exchange student, in ravaged post-war Japan.
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Tommy Lee Jones
Tommy Lee Jones

Tommy Lee Jones joins Peter Webber's currently filming political thriller set in Japan, "Emperor." The post-Word War II historical drama stars "Lost"'s Matthew Fox as General Bonner Fellers, a Japanese expert for General Douglas MacArthur (Jones), who must decide whether or not to try Emperor Hirohito as a war criminal. Meanwhile Fellers searches for his former lover Aya, a one-time Japanese exchange student, in ravaged post-war Japan.

Webber is a gifted director who has not yet fulfilled the promise of his breakout feature film debut, 2003's "The Girl with a Pearl Earring," starring Colin Firth and Scarlett Johansson, which earned three Oscar nominations. At first Webber refused to be classified as a Brit period director, and went on to direct episodes of "Six Feet Under" for HBO as well as a forgettable Dino De Laurentiis prequel, "Hannibal Rising."

Matthew Fox
Matthew Fox

'Emperor' started principal photography on January 12 in Japan, with locations in New Zealand. Foreign sales are being handled by CAA.

Based on a screenplay by David Klass ("Walking Tall," "Desperate Measures") and Vera Blasi ("Woman on Top," "Tortilla Soup"), "Emperor" is a Fellers Film and Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment co-production produced by Yoko Narahashi ("The Last Samurai"), Gary Foster ("Daredevil," "Sleepless in Seattle"), Eugene Nomura ("Tajomaru") and Russ Krasnoff ("The Soloist"). 
 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.