I know many of my South Dakota friends got a shot of adrenaline from the above headline.
“Who isn’t trying to escape Nebraska?”
Others may be excited at the thought of Tommy Lee Jones playing an older Snake Plissken (you know, from “Escape from New York”) in a dystopian future where Nebraska is an industrial wasteland.
Well, that’s not quite what you’ll find in the story of “The Homesman,” which Jones directed.
Rather, Jones’ plays a claim jumper in the Old West that teams up with a pioneer woman (Hilary Swank) to escort three mentally ill women from Nebraska to Iowa.
It looks really good — and anyone who saw Jones’ 2005 film “The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada” knows the man can direct.
Check out the trailer:
It was announced today that the film will play at the Cannes Film Festival in May.
John Lithgow, James Spader and Meryl Streep are also among the cast.
While set in Nebraska, it doesn’t look like any of the film was shot in my home state. The Internet Movie Database lists shooting locations in Georgia and New Mexico.
In other Cannes news, I’m also excited to see that David Cronenberg has a new effort called “Maps to the Stars” premiering at the festival (and the trailer is NSFW):