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

by Anne Thompson
January 17, 2012 5:12 PM
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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

'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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