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Tommy Lee Jones to play General MacArthur in Emperor

01.17.2012

Academy Award winner Tommy Lee Jones has just joined the cast of EMPEROR. From director Peter Webber (GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING) and starring Matthew Fox (WORLD WAR Z, "Lost"), it tells the story of the end of the Pacific Theater in World War II. Jones will play General Douglas MacArthur. As you can see from that picture of the real MacArthur, Jones can certainly play the part physically- all he needs is a ridiculous pipe.

Producer Gary Foster said: “Tommy will bring strength, intelligence, and gravitas to the portrayal of General Douglas MacArthur, a legendary American hero.”

 

Inspired by true events, EMPEROR is an epic story of love and understanding set amidst the tensions and uncertainties of the days immediately following the Japanese surrender at the end of World War II. On the staff of General Douglas MacArthur (Jones), the de facto ruler of Japan as Supreme Commander of the occupying forces, a leading Japanese expert, General Bonner Fellers (Fox) is charged with reaching a decision of historical importance: should Emperor Hirohito be tried and hanged as a war criminal?

Interwoven with this nail-biting political thriller is the story of Fellers’ love affair with Aya, a Japanese exchange student he had met years previously in the U.S. Memories of Aya and his quest to find her in the ravaged post-war landscape help Fellers to discover both his wisdom and his humanity and enable him to come to the momentous decision that changed the course of history and the future of two nations.

EMPEROR (which is actually the working title right now) is set to begin production this month in New Zealand and Japan.

 

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