Tommy Lee Jones is set to star in Amazon’s upcoming legal drama The Burial, replacing Harrison Ford in the role.
According to a report from Deadline, Jones is set to step in for Ford, who had to drop out of the role for undisclosed reasons. Now, Jones will star alongside Jamie Foxx in the film from director Maggie Betts. Release information on the film is currently unknown, although with Jones now set to step in, it’s likely production will begin sooner rather than later.
The Burial is based on the 1992 article written by Jonathan Harr for the New Yorker “about the contractual dispute case brought against funeral home executive Ray Loewen by Mississippi businessman Jeremiah O’Keefe, who hired the flamboyant attorney Willie Gary. The jury awarded O’Keefe a total of $500 million, an amount which would bankrupt Loewen’s company.”
Maggie Betts (Novitiate, The Carrier) will direct from the script written by Pulitzer Prize winner Doug Wright (I Am My Own Wife, Grey Gardens, Quills).
The movie’s production companies include Amazon Studios, Bobby Shriver Inc., and Double Nickel Entertainment. Bobby Shriver, Double Nickel’s Adam Richman, Jenette Kahn, and Datari Turner will produce.