Jones will be taking on a role that was previously to be played by his The Fugitive co-star, Harrison Ford, who reportedly had to drop out from the project. Deadline broke the news, although no details on why Ford left have been provided.
Based on a true story and an adaptation of Jonathan Harr’s article for The New Yorker (which you can read in full right HERE), The Burial will tell the story of a bankrupt funeral home owner who decides to sue a rival businessman over a handshake deal that went wrong. He hires a flamboyant attorney (Foxx) to handle the case, which began as, essentially, a contract dispute, and ended up encompassing so much more.
On board to direct the film is Maggie Betts, making her sophomore effort as feature director following critically acclaimed 2017 convent drama, Novitiate. The screenplay adaptation comes from Doug Wright, who penned 2000 Geoffrey Rush and Kate Winslet film Quills (based on his own award-winning play).
Foxx is also attached as producer on The Burial, which is being produced by Amazon Studios, Bobby Shriver Inc. and Double Nickel Entertainment.