Charlize Theron's In The Valley Of Elah

She’s joining Tommy Lee Jones in Paul Haggis’ new pic

When he’s not creating TV shows, cranking out scripts for Clint Eastwood and writing/directing Oscar winners, Paul Haggis likes to relax by, er, writing other scripts.

For a long time, it was thought that his next film would be politically finger-pointing drama Against All Enemies. But there was also a dark horse – a story based on Mark Boal’s Playboy article Death And Dishonour, which tracked an army father investigating the military’s claim of AWOL status for his son and finding a murder.

Now the army film has a title – In The Valley Of Elah, a cast (Charlize Theron and Tommy Lee Jones) and a newfound pole position in Haggis’ game plan. He’s making it his next job.

Jones is on board as the father figure, Hank Deerfield, a former Military Police and Vietnam veteran whose son Mike goes AWOL just after returning home from a tour in Iraq. When he decides to dig deeper into his son’s case, he finds help in the form of Emily Sanders (Theron), a homicide ‘tec based at the army’s Fort Rudd.

Haggis will start shooting the movie in December, with locations including New Mexico, Albuquerque and Morocco.