Tommy Lee Jones To Play Gen. Douglas MacArthur In 'Emperor'

Tommy Lee Jones has built a career in part on playing stern military leaders and lawmen, and now, he'll play one of the most famous generals in American history.

Jones has signed on to play Gen. Douglas MacArthur in "Emperor," the Japan-set post-World War II drama that already stars Matthew Fox.

"Tommy will bring strength, intelligence and gravitas to the portrayal of Gen. Douglas MacArthur, a legendary American hero," producer Gary Foster said in a statement.

The role will be Jones' second recent turn as a World War II general; he played the fictional Colonel Chester Phillips in last summer's "Captain America." He played Col. Hayes Hodges in 2000's "Rules of Engagement," and even gave voice to a military man in the animated film, "Small Soldiers."

In addition, Jones played a sheriff in "No Country for Old Men" and Chief Deputy Marshal Samuel Gerard in "US Marshals."