‘Prairie’ adds companion

Jones comes 'Home' to Altman's bigscreen spinoff

NEW YORK — Tommy Lee Jones is joining the cast of helmer Robert Altman’s in-production bigscreen spinoff of Garrison Keillor’s U.S. radio show “A Prairie Home Companion.”

Cast on the untitled comedy includes Meryl Streep, Lindsay Lohan, Woody Harrelson, Kevin Kline, Virginia Madsen, John C. Reilly and Maya Rudolph.

Pic, penned by Keillor, has already begun lensing in St. Paul, Minn.

Based on the fictionalized premise that Keillor’s multi-award-winning show — carried on 500 radio stations domestically — is being shut down after 30 years, pic centers on an ensemble of performers, musicians and back-stage crew all prepping for a final live broadcast.

Jones will take on the role of a shadowy character dispatched to St. Paul by the Texas conglom that has bought the show and plans to end its run.

Pic is being produced by Altman’s Sandcastle 5 Prods. and financed and exec produced by GreeneStreet Films and River Road Entertainment.

Capitol Films is repping international rights.

Jones’ own directorial effort, “The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada,” recently unspooled at Cannes.

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