Few actors seem to be having as much fun playing military officials more than Tommy Lee Jones (just see Captain America: The First Avenger for the most recent example), which is one reason to look forward to Emperor. In Peter Webber‘s (Girl with a Pearl Earring, Hannibal Rising) upcoming drama surrounding Japan’s surrender during WWII, Jones plays General Douglas MacArthur, a key figure in the ruling of the country. We’ve been sent the first look above, as well as another photo below from THR, featuring LOST alum Matthew Fox. Following that we’ve got a few early sales poster, all which come straight from the director himself.
Starring Matthew Fox (World War Z, I, Alex Cross, Lost) and Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln, Men in Black 3), EMPEROR, inspired by true events, 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? From director Peter Webber (Girl with a Pearl Earring), EMPEROR is produced by Yoko Narahashi (The Last Samurai), Gary Foster (Ghost Rider, Daredevil, The Soloist), Eugene Nomura (Tajomaru, Surely Some Day) and Russ Krasnoff (The Soloist).
Emperor is currently selling on the Cannes marketplace and will hopefully hit theaters by year’s end.
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