Kevin Costner and Tommy Lee Jones Join Company Men
by Alex Billington
March 19, 2009
The cast of John Wells' The Company Men has gained a few more big names. Kevin Costner and Tommy Lee Jones will star alongside of Ben Affleck in the drama about the impact that corporate downsizing has on both its casualties and survivors. Long-time producer John Wells wrote the script and will make his directorial debut. Affleck plays a corporate hotshot whose Porsche and salary vanish after he gets laid off. Costner plays his brother-in-law, a drywall installer who gives him a construction job. Jones plays a senior partner in the firm, a principled man who struggles with the greedy actions of his partners.
The last, and only, time we saw Costner and Jones together was in Oliver Stone's JFK in 1991. It'll be great to see these two, and Affleck, working together again, although as I've said numerous times before, I prefer to see Affleck behind the camera, not in front. The Company Men is a completely independently financed production, without any studio involvement as of the moment, but it's sure to gain a lot of attention with this kind of high profile cast. I actually like the sound of it a lot, I just hope it's as brilliant as something like Michael Clayton and not as boring as your standard indie drama. Production begins in April in Boston.