Written, produced, directed and starring Jones, the Western drama finds Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby) as Mary Bee Cuddy, a staunchly independent pioneer woman who has taken on the job of shepherding three mentally unstable women from Nebraska to Iowa. Between them and their destination lies miles of rough terrain, natural barriers and swarms of threats from unfriendly wagon trains, to bandits and Native American tribes that prey on unwary travellers.
To help in her mission, Cuddy enlists the help of George Briggs (Tommy Lee Jones), a claim jumper she meets when he's been sentenced to hang. Convincing him to journey with her, the pair sets out on their perilous task.
Jones has secured the services of some great actors here besides Swank, with the likes of Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady), Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit), Jesse Plemons (The Master), Tim Blake Nelson (Lincoln), William Fichtner (The Lone Ranger), John Lithgow (Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes), Miranda Otto (War Of The Worlds) and James Spader (Secretary) all aboard. With Luc Besson's (Léon) EuropaCorp providing the distribution funds, The Homesman will hit the US in limited release on 3 October after a festival run that includes Cannes, but doesn't have a set UK date yet.