'Lost' thesp will play a general in 'Emperor'
“Lost” star Matthew Fox is heading back to an island, as he’s set to topline Peter Webber’s Japan-set political thriller “Emperor,” which is a co-production between Fellers Film and Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment.Inspired by true events, “Emperor” is an epic story of love and understanding set amidst the uncertainties of the days following the Japanese surrender at the end of WWII, when General Douglas MacArthur served as the de facto ruler of Japan as supreme commander of the occupying forces. Fox will play Gen. Bonner Fellers, one of MacArthur’s leading Japanese experts, who is charged with reaching a decision of historical importance: should Emperor Hirohito be tried and hanged as a war criminal? Pic will also explore the story of Fellers’ love affair with a Japanese exchange student he had met years before in the U.S., and his quest to find her in the ravaged post-war landscape. Webber (“The Girl With a Pearl Earring”) will direct from a script by David Klass and Vera Blasi. Yoko Narahashi (“The Last Samurai”) and Eugene Nomura will produce with Gary Foster (“Ghost Rider”) and Russ Krasnoff (“The Soloist”). Production is skedded to start at the end of the month, with lensing to take place in New Zealand and Japan. CAA is handling U.S. rights and additional casting will be announced soon. “We are thrilled to be working with Matthew Fox who is a fine actor and whose maturity and appeal fits perfectly with our film’s aesthetic,” said Foster, who currently exec produces NBC’s “Community” with Krasnoff. Fox will soon be seen battling Tyler Perry in “I, Alex Cross,” and he also co-stars alongside Brad Pitt in Marc Forster’s zombie pic “World War Z.” Thesp is repped by WME, Management 360 and attorney Craig Jacobson.