Following his critically acclaimed feature-directorial debut, "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada," Tommy Lee Jones is ready for his next big gig behind the camera. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Oscar-winning actor will direct and co-star in an adaptation of Michael Connelly's best-selling crime novel "The Lincoln Lawyer."
Despite the the title, this is not yet another project involving our 16th President (though it could be a fitting but misleading alternate title for Robert Redford's "The Conspirator"). Instead it's about a criminal defense lawyer (Matthew McConaughey) who works out of his car -- a Lincoln Town Car. Used to representing small time criminals, his career takes a turn when he begins handling the case of a wealthy realtor accused of attempted murder.
Jones' role in the film is unknown, but it's unlikely to be the part of McConaughey's rich client, as the character in the novel is described as much, much younger. He'll probably take on a smaller supporting role, maybe the private detective who works with McConaughey. Or perhaps his ex-client-turned-driver?
Then again, he directed himself in leading roles in both "The Three Burials" and in an earlier TV movie, "The Good Old Boys." So it is possible that the age of the realtor will be raised for him to cast himself as the character. Most of us would surely appreciate being able to see Jones get as much screen time and as meaty a role in this as possible.
Plus, seeing as how it already feels like Jones and McConaughey have worked together before (must be the connections between "The Client" and "A Time to Kill" and "No Country for Old Men" and "Lone Star"), I want this actual collaboration to be special.
Do you agree that Tommy Lee Jones and Matthew McConaughey are perfect co-stars? Any fans of the novel who can chime in with the most appropriate character for Jones to play?