You've seen him as Two-Face, Sheriff Ed Tom Bell and Agent Kay in some of your favorite movies alongside some of your favorite stars. And now, Tommy Lee Jones is set to join Brad Pitt in the upcoming space epic Ad Astra, according to Deadline.
Much of the info regarding this sci-fi adventure is being kept under wraps, but what we do know is that the film will follow a space engineer setting out to find his father 20 years after he left on a one-way mission to Neptune to find signs of extraterrestrial life. #BradPitt will play the space engineer, with Deadline reporting that Jones is in line to play the father.
#TommyLeeJones has had a storied career in his near five decades in Hollywood, and amid playing comic book villains and conflicted heroes, he's no stranger to also playing the father figure. Let's take a look back at the times when Jones played the grumpy dad we've all looked up to.
1. Mike Roark — Volcano (1997)
Playing the head of the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management, Jones faces off against the already dangerous city's most unpredictable crisis to date: A volcano. As he and firefighters struggle to fight the slow-moving lava oozing from the La Brea Tar Pits and save the city, Jones's Mike Roark must heroically protect his teenage daughter caught in the middle of the disaster.
There may not be a lot of life lessons delivered from dad to daughter, but seeing Jones risk his life for his kid and for countless Los Angelenos in numerous action sequences, it's difficult not to appreciate his portrayal of a father figure in this film.
2. Agent Kay — Men In Black Trilogy (1997–2012)
For many people, the #MeninBlack trilogy was part of our childhoods. Learning from Agent Kay what it's like to work for the extraterrestrial agency alongside young Agent Jay (#WillSmith) was one of the best parts of the movies. The conflicting egos of a world-weary senior agent and an up-and-comer who thinks he knows it all was a key comedic element that could be sparked only by a father-figure-type relationship.
With the shocking revelation in Men in Black 3 that J's dad died a hero when he was a kid and K has been his surrogate father all his life, audiences felt even more of a connection to Jones's character and his protective nature over his younger counterpart in the first two films. No matter the roles that have earned him award recognition, Agent K will remain a fan-favorite portrayal by Jones, and easily the strongest father figure role in his career.
3. Sheriff Ed Tom Bell — No Country For Old Men (2007)
Grumpy old-timers on the verge of retirement are often some of the most compelling characters to watch on screen, and Jones's Ed Tom Bell in No Country for Old Men is no different. Working alongside a young deputy sheriff with little field experience, Jones must solve the bizarre murders occurring in his neck of the Texas desert.
In a tense moment, he nearly comes into contact with the psychotic hit man Anton Chigurh and in-over-his-head Vietnam veteran Llewelyn Moss. Along the way, Sheriff Bell offers some truly deep and inspired life lessons to his young deputy to help him understand the increasingly violent world in which they live and the struggles that come with the job.
4. Colonel Chester Phillips — Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
Though he wasn't a major character in the film, Jones's role in the first #CaptainAmerica film still featured a lot of mentoring to Steve Rogers. In molding Rogers into the perfect soldier mentally, Colonel Phillips does a great job at helping to guide the young hero as only a father figure in a superhero film could.
Are you excited to see Tommy Lee Jones play Brad Pitt's father in the upcoming Ad Astra? What are your favorite Jones roles from over the years? Let us know in the comments below.