Today's Hot Trailer: Emperor Starring Tommy Lee Jones and Matthew Fox
01.17.13 by Ryan
"Bring me the emperor!"
Remember when Matthew Fox got creepily ripped for Alex Cross and Tommy Lee Jones was the only guy in the crowd who wasn't amused during a legitimately funny moment at the Golden Globes? Well, forget both of those moments because both actors are back in a movie that's cast the actors in a different light, with the exception that Jones is still grumpy.
In the upcoming political thriller Emperor, General Douglas MacArthur (Jones) finds himself temporarily the de facto ruler of Japan following the country's surrender at the end of World War II. MacArthur chooses General Bonner Fellers (Fox), an expert on Japanese culture, to uncover whether Japan's Emperor Hirohito had anything to do with the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Further complicating Fox's investigation is his search for his lost love, a Japanese exchange student he had met years before in the U.S., though the movie's first trailer is solely focused on Fox's struggle to uncover the truth.
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When Jones was cast in the role of General MacArthur, producer Gary Foster (Ghost Rider) commented that the actor would bring "strength, intelligence, and gravitas" to the role. Considering Jones' past work, that's not an outlandish claim. In the clip below, some of that "gravitas" is on display as MacArthur prepares his men to let the Japanese see their "American swagger."
Emperor was directed by Peter Webber (Hannibal Rising, Girl With a Pearl Earring) and written by David Klass (Walking Tall) and Vera Blasi (Tortilla Soup), based on the book His Majesty's Salvation by Shiro Okamoto.