Tommy Lee Jones is set to headline the feature film version of James Lee Burke’s novel “In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead.”
According to Production Weekly, Jones will portray Cajun detective Lt. Dave Robicheaux who is trying to link the murder of a local hooker to New Orleans mobster Julie (Baby Feet) Balboni.
Balboni is back in his hometown and has a seemingly legitimate job as co-producer of a major Hollywood movie about the Civil War.
Added to this mess is Elrod Sykes, a somewhat psychic film actor who is pulled over for drunk driving and starts babbling about a corpse he found in the Atchafalaya Swamp.
It’s not just any corpse though, it’s that of a black man Dave had seen murdered 35 years before. Dave soon starts having visions and conversations with a dead Confederate general.
The role of Dave Robicheaux was previously played by Alec Baldwin in the 1994 flop “Heaven’s Prisoners.” The novel is being adapted by Mary Olson-Kromolowski and Jerzy Kromolowski.
French filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier is helming the project which is scheduled to begin production in April, with locations around Louisiana.