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'O Brother' Actor Books Pair of Roles (Exclusive)

Tim Blake Nelson Headshot - P 2013

Tim Blake Nelson will first shoot "Bukowski" with James Franco, then Tommy Lee Jones' period drama "Homesman."

Tim Blake Nelson has booked back-to-back gigs in movies being directed by fellow actors.

The actor has nabbed the role of Charles Bukowski’s father in James Franco’s Bukowski and also has joined the cast of The Homesman, a period drama being directed by Tommy Lee Jones.

Bukowski, for which Franco also wrote the script, traces the story of Charles Bukowski from childhood through his high school years.

Nelson will play Henry Bukowski, a man who takes out his economic stresses violently on his son, eventually driving Charles to defend himself.

This will be the fourth time that Nelson and Franco will work together.

Homesman, being financed and co-produced by EuropaCorp, sees an untrustworthy man and a spinster school teacher team up to transport three woman deemed crazy via ox-drawn wagon across the Western plains. Nelson will play a man who covets one of the three women and tries to steal her.

The movie already has a cast that includes Jones, Hilary Swank and Meryl Streep. Jones not only directs but wrote the screenplay with Kieran Fitzgerald and Wesley A. Oliver.

The movie will shoot in the spring in New Mexico.

Nelson, repped by UTA and Gateway Management, is on screen with DreamWorks' award-winning Lincoln and appeared in Blue Caprice, a crime drama that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.