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Tommy Lee Jones to play WWII General Douglas MacArthur

In The Valley of Elah

Story by Jack Foley

TOMMY Lee Jones has been cast as legendary General Douglas MacArthur in a new historical epic.

Emperor, to be directed by Peter Webber, will be set in Japan amid the uncertanties and tensions that immediately followed the Japanese surrender at the end of the Second World War.

MacArthur, who passed away in 1964, was an American general and field marshal of the Philippine Army.

He was a Chief of Staff of the United States Army during the 1930s and played a prominent role in the Pacific campaign during World War II, eventually receiving the Medal of Honor for his service in the Philippines Campaign.

According to Emperor producer Gary Foster: “Tommy will bring strength, intelligence and gravitas to the portrayal of Gen. Douglas MacArthur, a legendary American hero.”

Jones stars alongside former Lost star Matthew Fox as General Bonner Fellers, a member of MacArthur’s staff and a leading expert on Japan.

It is General Fellers who is charged with deciding whether Japanese Emperor Hirohito should be tried and hanged as a war criminal.

The story will be interwoen with Fellers’ love affair with Aya, a Japanese exchange student he had met years earlier in the US.

The production is not due to start shooting until January 2012.

Webber has previously directed Girl with a Pearl Earring.

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