Just yesterday, I reported that the Coenbrothers had selected Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men as the basis for their next collaboration. The novel, about a man who stumbles upon bodies, heroin, and a massive amount of cash while out hunting, reportedly has a western noir feel that sounded like a perfect fit for the Coens' genre sensibilities. That, alone, was enough to make the news of the project incredibly exciting. This morning, however, comes information that tops even the McCarthy connection: Tommy Lee Jones and Javier Bardem are in talks to star in the film. Wow. Wow wow wow.

Now, granted, I love Tommy Lee Jones so much that I would watch him do laundry, but given how incredibly well he acquitted himself with the western genre in The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, it's hard to imagine a better actor to play the role of Llewelyn Moss (the guy who finds the money/smack/bodies). From the look of things, Bardem - incredibly talented in his own right - will play one of the two "extremely vicious assassins who want the money back." Heath Ledger had also been in talks to appear in the film, but The Hollywood Reporter indicates that he's no longer interested, and instead will "take some time off."

Of course, the movie won't come out for years, so all this excitement leads to nothing but frustration.

[via Dark Horizons]
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