Tommy Lee Jones has built up quite a repertoire of performances as a hard authority figures - from Sheriff Bell in No Country For Old Men to Sam Gerard in The Fugitive.
It may come as a surprise, then, that his latest directorial effort The Homesman could easily be read as an allegory of gender equality.
The Homesman is set in the American Midwest in the 1950s, and stars Jones as a claim jumper named George Briggs.
When he encounters a tough sharecropper (Hillary Swank), she agrees to help him if he will accompany her on a long and dangerous journey to take three mentally ill women into Iowa to receive medical help.
The result looks promising - with another powerhouse performance from Swank and dark, dusty visuals. Meryl Streep, her daughter Gracie Gummer and Miranda Otto also star.
Although the film came away empty-handed from Cannes, Jones is clearly hoping to make an impact in awards season later this year, with the release set for November 7.
With Tarantino's The Hateful Eight on the horizon, and Django Unchained behind him, we sense a revival of the artful Western.
Catch the trailer below.